Paul Scholes is backing Marcus Rashford to hit 25 goals this seasons, after the Manchester United striker displayed “Ruud van Nistelrooy-esque” qualities in the 5-0 win over RB Leipzig.
Rashford has been busy making front-page headlines for his wonderful philanthropic efforts in fighting child poverty. But on Wednesday, it was his actions on the pitch that earned him the plaudits.
With United’s Champions League tie with Leipzig in the balance, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought the forward off the bench in the second half.
And in 16 minutes, Rashford became the first United substitute to score a hat-trick since his manager did the same in 1999.
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But it was another former Red Devils striker that Paul Scholes saw in the 22-year-old, as he made it seven goals in nine appearances this season.
Van Nistelrooy plundered 150 goals in five seasons at Old Trafford and Scholes believes his “ruthlessness” in front of goal was reminiscent of the Dutchman.
“He was brilliant, you come to expect this from him,” he told BT Sport. “I like his ruthlessness tonight, you felt every time he went through, he was not giving the goalkeeper a chance – he was smashing it in the net.
“That was the best thing about him. His finishing has been questioned in the past, but tonight, if he sticks with that attitude, you’re looking at 25 goals this season for him.
“That was van Nistelrooy-esque,” Scholes said of his second goal. “You see him going through and you just know he’s smashing it into the bottom corner. It was brilliant.
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“We talk about Rudd van Nistelrroy and that kind of finishing, when you get a chance…bang, it’s a goal.”
Rashford is the competition’s top scorer after two game-weeks and former United defender Rio Ferdinand joined Scholes in praising the hat-trick hero.
“The only way I can describe tonight’s cameo is like being in a playground and the big boy comes and plays,” Ferdinand added. “He done the lot tonight, he was head and shoulders above them. He made defenders we were marvelling about before the game – who we saw play really well in the Champions League last season – look like schoolboys tonight.”
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