Marcus Rashford has revealed the instructions given to him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United‘s destruction of RB Leipzig on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils ran out 5-0 winners against the Bundesliga outfit at Old Trafford in their second Champions League Group H match.
England striker Rashford – who is making waves with his pursuit to end child poverty in the UK – came off the bench in the second half to score a 17-minute hat-trick.
The introduction of Rashford proved to be a masterstroke from Solskjaer, who instructed his second-half substitutes to immediately increase the pace of the game.
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“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 [Pogba] on the ball, Anto [Anthony Martial] running forward.
“We looked dangerous and like we were going to score every time we went forward.”
Solskjaer, understandably, was delighted with Rashford’s Man-of-the-Match performance, telling Sky Sports: “He came on, did well and made an impact. Of course, we want that from the subs.
“That’s only possible though when the others have laid the groundwork, and what a shift they put in.
“They [RB Leipzig] do make you work, the high press, the counter-press, the intensity, everything.
“We had to really dig deep and work hard for each other and spaces open up when you’re winning.”
Rashford’s hat-trick has taken his tally for the season to seven goals, which he’s scored in just nine appearances.