Marcus Rashford of Manchester United sets a new record.
The 22-year old youngster came off the bench to score a dazzling hat-trick against RB Leipzig to fire Manchester United to the top of Group H in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Young striker Marcus Rashford made a little bit of history on Tuesday night becoming only the fifth player ever to score a hat-trick as a substitute in the tournament, joining the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Walter Pandiani, Joseba Llorente and Uwe Rosler as the only players to come off the bench to score three goals in the most prestigious club competition.
Rashford also followed in the footsteps of his manager and ex-United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in becoming the second Manchester United player to score a hat-trick as a substitute after the Norwegian, who smashed four goals against Nottingham Forest in 1999.
United arguably played their best football of the season against Leipzig and looked impressive in all areas of the pitch. On paper, it was never going to be an easy game, but United passed the test with flying colours.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof looked solid in defence, playing through the German side’s dynamic press and making good blocks, showing signs that a good partnership is forming between the two. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba looked like his old self, controlling the midfield and also providing a fantastic assist for the Mason Greenwood goal.
The attacking players also looked sharp going forward and the Red Devils looked like scoring each time they caught Leipzig on the break. Rashford’s performance was the icing on the cake as United convincingly thrashed the Bundesliga leaders 5-0.
Rashford came on in the 63rd minute of the game for Greenwood at United winning 1-0, and that’s when the floodgates really opened.
I think the manager wanted me to up the tempo”, Rashford told BT Sport after the match.
“That for us means going forward. There was definitely spaces there. We got Bruno [Fernandes] and Paul [Pogba] on the ball. We looked dangerous throughout and like we could score every time we went forward.”
“It was a real team performance. The ones who started did well and the substitutes did well too. We can’t ask for much more than that in terms of the attitude and the intent to go and kill the game off. It worked in our favour.”
Ole’s men host a disjointed Arsenal side next at Old Trafford on the weekend, who come into the game looking to make amends after their 1-0 loss to Leicester City last week. The United boss would be hoping for Rashford to continue his rich vein of form and bang in the goals against the Gunners to kick-start their resurgence for the top 4 places.
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