Manchester U - RB Leipzig

Europe: Champions League
Manchester U M. Greenwood (21), M. Rashford (74), M. Rashford (78), A. Martial (Pen. 87), M. Rashford (90)
Old Trafford5-0Attendance: 577
RB Leipzig

Martial and Rashford humiliate Nagelsmann's Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford

By Peter Vice

A late burst of four goals supplied Leipzig trainer Julian Naglesmann with an evening he's sure not soon to forget. 

Julian Nagelsmann.
Julian Nagelsmann.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

The goals kept coming at Old Trafford. Manchester United substitute Marcus Rashford netted a brace in a four-minute time span between the 74th and 78th. The English Red Devils were far from finished, however. Antony Martial would also convert a late penalty before Rashford completed his hat trick to render the German club's humiliation complete.

Matters began balanced enough at England's "Theater of Dreams". Julian Nagelsmann's 3-4-3, in which Ibrahima Konate deputized for the injured Nordi Mukiele at the back, held their own against their EPL opponents for much of the opening 20 minutes. Even Mason Greenwood's opening goal came somewhat out of the blue.

The 27-year-old French midfielder Paul Pogba unlocked the Leipzig defense with one of his precision through balls. The young English phenom supplied an easy finish to make it 1-0. Germany's Red Bulls weren't able to respond with any particularly special chances of their own, but were able to keep United at bay for the duration of the first half and much of the second.

Then came the breakthrough. Rashford burst through in the 74th with a terrific solo run originating at the half-way line. The finish was cold and clinical. Four minutes later, Rashford would capitalize again after Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer, displaying noticeable rust after his injury layoff, lost control of the ball in dangerous territory.

A frustrated Sabitzer would haul down Martial in the box in the 86th, affording United a chance to go up 4-0 on a spot kick. Two minutes into injury time, Martial would set up Rashford for his third goal in only 24 minutes on the pitch.

Manchester U
1David de Gea
29Aaron Wan-Bissaka ↩81
2Victor Lindelöf
5Harry Maguire (C)
23Luke Shaw
31Nemanja Matić ↩63
6Paul Pogba ↩81
34Donny van de Beek ↩68
9Anthony Martial
11Mason Greenwood ↩63
26Dean Henderson
7Edinson Cavani ↪81
10Marcus Rashford ↪63
25Odion Ighalo
24Timothy Fosu-Mensah
33Brandon Williams
38Axel Tuanzebe ↪81
43Teden Mengi
18Bruno Fernandes ↪68
21Daniel James
39Scott McTominay ↪63
RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi (C)
6Ibrahima Konaté
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
23Marcel Halstenberg
44Kevin Kampl ↩76
39Benjamin Henrichs ↩63
25Daniel Olmo
18Christopher Nkunku ↩65
9Yussuf Poulsen
10Emil Forsberg
13Philipp Tschauner
33Josep Martínez
11Hwang Hee-Chan
19Alexander Sørloth ↪65
21Justin Kluivert ↪76
41Dennis Borkowski
4Willi Orban
7Marcel Sabitzer ↪63
14Tyler Adams
20Lazar Samardžić
45Eric Martel
47Joscha Wosz

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