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.”
Marcus Rashford in big games:
⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ vs. Chelsea
⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ vs. Man City
⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ vs. Leicester
⚽️⚽️⚽️ vs. RB Leipzig
⚽️⚽️⚽️ vs. Liverpool
⚽️⚽️⚽️ vs. Spurs
⚽️⚽️ vs. Arsenal
⚽️⚽️ vs. PSG
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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.”