Marcus Rashford hailed Manchester United’s excellent ‘team performance’ in their comprehensive 5-0 victory over Leipzig and said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instructed him to try and ‘up the tempo’ in attack before he came on to score a stunning hat-trick.
The forward has been making waves both on and off the pitch in recent weeks but started on the bench on Wednesday night as the Red Devils made five changes to the side that drew with Chelsea at the weekend.
Mason Greenwood latched on to a brilliant through ball from Paul Pogba to open the scoring for United and Solskjaer introduced Rashford in the 63rd minute, who needed little time to adjust to the pace of the Champions League clash.
The England international stole the show by netting three goals in just 18 minutes to put the game out of sight, with Anthony Martial also getting on the scoresheet from the penalty spot at Old Trafford.
‘The manager told us when we came on to try and up the tempo,’ Rashford told BT Sport shortly after the final whistle.
‘That for us means going forward. There was definitely spaces there.
‘We got Bruno and Paul on the ball, Anto running forward and we looked dangerous throughout and that we could score every time we went forward.’
Rashford added: ‘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.’
On Greenwood’s eye-catching display, Rashford said: ‘It’s not surprising. He’s a top player.
‘He needs to keep his head down and keep working hard.
‘He will be an unbelievable player for us.’
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