From Dr Marcus Rashford’s hattrick to Julian Nagelsmann’s colourful suit, here are the four talking points from United’s 5-0 win against RB Leipzig.
RB Leipzig didn’t provide much in this game at all which is why we’re starting off with Julien Nagelsmann’s suit.
The 33-year-old manager wore a rather odd bright check suit jacket, many would argue that the suit jacket was brighter than his side’s attack tonight.
Bruno Van De Beek
Summer signing Donny van de Beek showed character, technical ability and quality in his 62 minutes on the field tonight.
The Dutchman started the game playing further up the pitch ahead of Pogba, Matic and Fred. He also proved to be useful in the “Bruno” role as he set up a number of chances and was particularly effective in the final third.
RB Leipzig Blunt Attack
RB Leipzig simply were not in the game as Angelino and Christopher Nkunku seemed to be the only ones trying to whip some of the brilliance into the attacking third.
Despite going 1-0 down in the first half, it was initially a closely contested battle as they had the better possession and a good number of chances in the half. The second half, however, was well below par.
After beginning the second half in decent form, a 75th-minute substitution of Nkunku seemed to work against Die Roten Bullen (seeing as he was the major creator tonight) and then they began to concede goals.
Although they tried to get back into the game by sending in numbers, they were caught on the break which saw a closely contested battle become 5-0 in the space of a few minutes.
Dr Marcus Rashford Hattrick
Ole took the risk of starting Mason Greenwood and van de Beek ahead of Rashford and Bruno Fernandes and it seemingly paid off.
Upon coming in on the 63rd minute, Rashford showed class in getting himself a goal just ten minutes later. He followed it up with a brace on the 78th minute after Fred teed up a beautiful pass along his stride.
He got the chance to make it a hat-trick when his shot on goal was deflected off target by the Leipzig defenders and was again denied the chance from the spot from fellow teammate Anthony Martial, but it was to be his day as he rounded up brilliant display with his third goal and United’s fifth of the night from a well-worked team effort.
United, who are favourites to qualify, remain top of Group H and will be more than happy with the results gathered over the past two weeks, especially seeing as there are yet many expectedly worrying games to come on the coming month.
For tonight, many will sing “Ole’s at the wheel”.