Marcus Rashford becomes the second player as a substitute to score a hat-trick for Manchester United
Marcus Rashford has become the second player in the history of Manchester United to come off the bench to grab a hat-trick, joining club legend and current Ole Gunner Solskjaer to be the only candidates to achieve that feat.
After inspiring the Red Devils to yet another famous victory in last week’s Champions League, Rashford was left on the bench for Man United’s second group game against RB Leipzig.
The 22-year-old replaced Mason Greenwood in the 63rd minutes, and within 30 minutes of action Rashford grabbed his first-ever career hat-trick in Manchester colours, on top of that he has also joined club manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer as the second player to have appeared as a substitute to score a hat-trick, after the later first achieved it in 1999, coming off the bench to net four times against Nottingham Forest.
In addition, the English international is also the sixth player to score a UEFA Champions League hat-trick for Manchester United, joining the likes of Andy Cole, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.
Already a hero off-the-pitch after being labelled as a national treasure for his free school meals campaign, Rashford is increasingly becoming important for the Red Devils in big games.
He is the youngest player [aged 22] to score 9 goals against the top-six clubs since the start of 2019/20 season, doing so in 12 appearances, closely following by Southampton’s Daany Ings who has achieved similar feat but it took him 16 games instead.
Following the game Solskjaer said: “He [Marcus Rashford] has shown he can keep focusing on what is important on and off the pitch at the moment.”
Former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand also added his voice saying: “Rashford was a head and shoulders above Leipzig. He made some defenders, who were raving about before the game look like schoolboys.”
Next up for the Red Devils is a domestic encounter with Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League, a side Rashford scored twice in his first-ever Premier League outing for Manchester United.