Manchester United’s devilish heroes

Manchester United put five past RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League yesternight in an emphatic display of devilish firepower. 

United came into this run of fixtures in worrying form, but Solskjaer’s men have well and truly brushed those worries aside. The last four games have seen them win away at Newcastle and Paris, play out a goalless stalemate at home to Chelsea which they could have won, and now this 5-0 drubbing of Rasen Ballsport Leipzig.

There have been some really fantastic performances for the Reds recently but none have quite grabbed the headlines like Dr. Marcus Rashford MBE has managed to. Recently he has quite simply been sensational off the field and on it.

His quickfire goal and brace of assists sealed the Newcastle victory. He grabbed the headlines with another ferocious late dagger at the home of the Parisiens. He very nearly won all three points for the Reds bar an absolutely stunning save from the Blues new boy Edouard Mendy.

All these however pale in comparison to just how impressive he was yesternight. The young Mancunian was lethal, a clinical performance fit for a young man who bears the title of doctor.

He did everything right, quite literally. His three right footed strikes in 27 minutes made him the player with the shortest time required to conjure up a UEFA Champions League hat-trick.

Not just a hat-trick hero, but a hero in every sense of the word given all he does for the good of society. But whilst we often eulogize about the headline grabbers, it’s easy to forget about the key cogs that keep the machine running so players like Marcus can shine.

There are unsung heroes who work the hardest but get the least recognition, none more so at Manchester United than Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos. Fred the Red has come back into the side and quite literally worked his socks off for the benefit of the team as a whole.

He doesn’t boast a superstar status some of his midfield counterparts possess, but what he does have is grit, heart, and the willingness to work. Players like Fred are often overlooked for headlines and accolades  but are every manager’s dream.

His tenacity and work-rate set him apart, and they’ve lifted Manchester United’s performances as a whole since his re-introduction into the side.

United play Arsenal at the weekend and they’ll do so full of confidence, buoyed on by their devilish heroes. One of them will have all the bards singing of his legendary feats across the land and the other will be overlooked, working hard in the shadows to cast the spotlight upon his heroic counterpart.

Not all heroes wear capes. Manchester United have two of them.

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