Marcus Rashford has become the fifth player to score a hat-trick as a substitute in the Champions League, after playing just 27 minutes on Wednesday night, the fewest number played while also netting a treble in the competition’s history.
Rashford entered the field in the 63rd minute with the Red Devils a single goal ahead courtesy of Mason Greenwood’s opener, before scoring three times in his short time on the pitch to help the home side to a crushing 5-0 victory over RB Leipzig.
In doing so, he joined Kylian Mbappe, Walter Pandiani, Joseba Llorente and Uwe Rosler as the only players to come off the bench and bag three goals in Europe’s top club competition.
Rashford also matched a feat set by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he became the second Manchester United player to score a hat-trick as a substitute, after the Norwegian did it against in the Premier League against Nottingham Forest in February 1999.
Leipzig came to Old Trafford with a high-tempo pressing game and did trouble United at times but it was the home side who went ahead after Pogba slid Mason Greenwood through, with the 19-year-old finishing clinically to score his first Champions League goal.
The match remained within Leipzig’s reach until Rashford’s introduction in the second half, with the England international running on to Bruno Fernandes’ pass and streaking through to score, with VAR correctly ruling he was in his own half when the pass came.
Only four minutes later, Rashford snared his second after United won possession high up the field, before Anthony Martial got on the scoresheet from the spot after being fouled in the penalty area.
Rashford put an exclamation mark next to his performance and earned the match ball with a third deep into stoppage time, as he deftly finished again from inside the box.
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