The England forward netted 3 times in 16 minutes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands a thing or more about making an effect off the bench and was full of praise for super sub Marcus Rashford after his hat-trick in Manchester United‘s remarkable Champions League knocking of RB Leipzig
A week on from shooting the Red Devils to success at Paris St Germain, the 22-year-old– who is leading an impressive charge against kid food hardship– was called on the bench for Wednesday’s Group H game.
Mason Greenwood‘s fine first-half strike put United in the driving seat against last season’s semi-finalists Leipzig, however Solskjaer relied on Rashford in the 63rd minute in a quote see off the Bundesliga leaders.
It showed an inspired decision, with the forward’s first effort okayed by the video assistant referee having actually at first been ruled offside from fellow substitute Bruno Fernandes’ pass.
Rashford soon netted his second however sought to have actually been rejected a treble when Anthony Martial scored the spot- kick he had won, only for the England international to slam home and finish a 5-0 success in stoppage time.
“Now is not the time to think about how many goals you’re going to end up with,” Solskjaer stated when Paul Scholes’ comment about a prospective 25-goal season for Rashford was put to the United boss.
” As long as you focus on the next task in hand, training tomorrow, obviously he only played thirty minutes.
” There’s one step at a time, if you get too far ahead of yourself you’re going to lose focus.
“Marcus has showed he can keep focusing on what’s important on and off the pitch at the moment. He did really well today coming off the bench.”
Solskjaer is distinctively positioned to speak about the frame of mind required to net a treble off the bench as the only other player in United’s history to have actually handled that task.
“As a sub, coming on, sometimes that’s the best time to come on when your team is winning, there are spaces everywhere and Marcus took his chances incredibly well,” stated the Norwegian, who struck 4 as a substitute at Nottingham Forest as United won 8-1 in February 1999.
” You can see players searching for each other, playing an extra pass now and I was very delighted with the reaction.
” Everybody understands at times you have actually got to be rested. Players can’t play 6 or 7 games in 2 weeks. It will be hard.
“Bruno and Marcus playing five in 14 days, that’s quite tough. Football nowadays with intensity you need to recover and that’s why we’ve got a big squad.”
Solskjaer spread his praise throughout the group following their work against a Leipzig side that made life more difficult than the scoreline recommended.
“It was a case of using the squad,” Solskjaer stated. “We needed to rest a couple of players and the ones who was available in did dazzling.
” We needed to strive for this, they actually made us strive off the ball and on the ball as well since they counter pushed. The strength of their play was incredible.
” After 2-0 obviously they open, choose goals and the areas opened for our fresh legs out there.
” It’s very good to understand for the players that we have a strong squad to select from. We are very delighted with the start.
” We have actually played against 2 very good teams, 2 challenging games, and we have actually carried out wonderful.
“We showed our own quality and if we focus on the next job and the next job and the next job who knows how far they are going to go. We go to Istanbul next week wanting three points there as well.”
While Solskjaer beamed, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann was annoyed by the way his side unravelled.
“The result doesn’t feel good and looks worse than it was,” he stated.
” I believed we played rather well after their opener, won lots of theball Our play in the final 3rd just wasn’t good enough.
“We weren’t clinical enough, lost the ball too often. We had a lot more in us.”