Marcus Rashford has capped off an interesting week with a hat-trick against Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League clash played at the Old Trafford.
It took the teenage striker just 27 minutes to score the treble after coming on a substitute.
The feat has seen him write his name in the Champions League record book as the fifth player in the history of the competition to score a hat-trick as a substitute.
The England international was clinical in the game, rounding off a comfortable win for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer in office.
After coming on just after the hour mark, the England international netted three goals in 16 minutes; the first came after running clear to calmly slot in. He scored the second by smashing in a terrific second, before drilling home a third in stoppage time.
Another teenage forward, Mason Greenwood returned to the starting line up to score his first goal in the competition, when he latched onto Paul Pogba’s defense-splitting pass before drilling a precise, low finish into the far corner.
Martial also scored his first of the season from the penalty spot three minutes to the end of the duration after being tripped in the box.
The win leaves Solskjaer’s side on another unbeaten run of four games, after beating Newcastle, PSG, and now Leipzig while playing a goalless draw against Chelsea during the weekend.
Watford is now topping the least of substitutes with a hat-trick with less minutes on the pitch.
Others who have achieved the feat earlier than him include Kylian Mbappe (38 minutes), Walter Pandiani (44 minutes), Joseba Llorente (45 minutes), and Uwer Rosler (52 minutes).
He is also the second Man Utd player to score a hat-trick as a substitute after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer versus Nottingham Forest in February 1999 in the Premier League.
Rashford caps off an impressive week with a Champions League hat-trick
Rashford is now the talk of the town. This is because of his recent feat both on and off the pitch.
He recently secured over a million signature on his free meal proposal for the less privileged children which was rejected by the UK Government.
Having rallied support for the programme to continue, many private institutions have been helping as he hopes the petition will get him the required number of signatures that will make it to be debated by the UK Parliament.
3️⃣ goals— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 28, 2020
Can’t stop smiling, I’ve waited a long time for that. Just wish the fans were in to experience it with me ♥️https://t.co/FvvpO6JYWX#ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY pic.twitter.com/QJGJxSzTlj
This didn’t distract him from helping his team whenever it is needed. Rashford’s goal was the difference against PSG in the opening match of the Champions League.
He almost scored twice against Chelsea in the Premier League clash but was denied on both occasions by Edouard Mendy.
After a long week, the 22-year-showed his multitasking skill as a campaigner at the same time as a goalscorer by coming off the bench to net his first senior hat-trick for United against the Bundesliga team.
It shows Rashford is focused – Solskjaer
United Manager Solskjaer lauded the striker, saying his performance off the bench shows that he can focus both on and off the poitch.
“Marcus has shown 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.”
This is one of the best months for the 22-year-old striker. He was honoured with an MBE by the Queen after seeing his petition to end child food poverty surpassing one million signatures.