Manchester United’s 5-0 demolition of RB Leipzig in yesterday’s Champions League Group H encounter will no doubt be remembered for Marcus Rashford’s sensational hat-trick from the bench, but the other forwards also put in fantastic performances.
The England man came on after 63 minutes, making his hat-trick the one achieved in the shortest substitute appearance in Champions League history.
The hat-trick itself was scored in just 16 of those minutes and none of the three goals were tap-ins – they were all clinically dispatched, well struck shots from around the edge of the box.
But Anthony Martial was also in top form up front and scored his first goal of the season from the penalty spot.
The Frenchman achieved an impressive 86% pass accuracy, won three out of three take-ons and produced the assist for Rashford’s third. His mazy runs inside and outside the box tormented the Leipzig defence all evening – and he will no doubt claim softened them up for Rashford to exploit.
Anthony Martial’s game by numbers vs. RB Leipzig:
86% pass accuracy
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Meanwhile Mason Greenwood, who coolly slotted away United’s opening goal in the 21st minute, in so doing scored his sixth goal in UEFA competitions, which is the joint most of any Englishman – the other being Rashford himself.
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The trio are in exceptional form and with an average age between them of just 21, there is no reason why they cannot go on to break Premier League and Champions League records for years to come.
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