Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics to Marcus Rashford that led to Leipzig hat-trick

Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes came off the bench to inspire Manchester United ’s 5-0 thrashing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils tore Leipzig apart in a ruthless second half at Old Trafford, having gone in at the break only one goal to the good.

Mason Greenwood’s opener was all that separated the two sides heading into the final 25 minutes of the game, but Solskjaer’s introduction of Rashford and later Fernandes proved inspirational.

The former bagged a devastating 18-minute hat-trick for United, with Fernandes teeing him up for the first strike.

Rashford also allowed Anthony Martial to register his first goal of the season from the penalty spot despite being on a hat-trick at the time.

And after the victory, the England ace revealed that Solskjaer instructed his substitutes to increase the tempo by getting their forward players on the ball when coming on from then bench.

“The manager told us when we came on to up the tempo,” Rashford told BT Sport.

“For us it means going forward. There were definitely spaces there and today we managed to find passes. We got Bruno on the ball, Paul on the ball, Anto running forward. We looked dangerous and like we were going to score every time we went forward.”

United have taken full control of their Champions League group after also toppling Paris St-Germain away from home last week, despite many branding it a Group of Death when the draw was made.

And Rashford has praised the entire team for another impressive performance in Europe.

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“It was a real team performance,” he continued.

“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.”

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