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‘That was like Van Nistelrooy’ – Scholes and Ferdinand laud Rashford ‘ruthlessness’ as quick-fire hat-trick destroys Leipzig

Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have lavished praise on Marcus Rashford following the forward’s electric performance during Manchester United’s 5-0 thrashing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took control of Group H with a hugely impressive performance against last season’s semi-finalists at Old Trafford, thrashing the visitor’s in stunning style with substitute Rashford scoring a hat-trick.

It was the forward’s first ever treble for Manchester United and just the fifth time a player has scored three times after coming off the bench in the Champions League, Rashford producing a masterclass in finishing to put Leipzig to the sword.

Former Red Devils players Scholes and Ferdinand were full of praise for the 22-year-old following a brilliant individual performance, with the former likening Rashford to former teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy following a ruthless performance in front of goal.

“You come to expect this from him. I liked his ruthlessness tonight, you felt every time he went through he was not giving the keeper a chance,’ Scholes told BT Sport.

“His finishing has been questioned in the past, but tonight you’re looking at 25 goals from him if he keeps that attitude.

“That was like [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, you see him going through and you know he’s going to smash the ball into the corner.”

Ferdinand also eulogised about Rashford who tormented the visitor’s defence following his introduction, his pace and finishing proving too much for a Leipzig defence containing the likes of the highly-rated Dayot Upamecano.

Ferdinand hailed the forward as ‘head and shoulders above’ the opposition and says Rashford simply bullied the Leipzig defence in a devastating display.

“He was head and shoulders above them,” Ferdinand added.

“He made defenders we were marvelling about before the game look like school boys tonight.

“The only way I can explain his cameo is being in the playground at school and the six former plays with the first years and just bullies everyone.”

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