The stats behind Rashford's treble
Marcus Rashford followed in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s footsteps as he became only the second Manchester United player to score a hat-trick off the bench with his treble against RB Leipzig.
The forward, who turns 23 on Saturday, came on as a 63rd-minute substitute and soon made hay against the Bundesliga leaders, with his first treble for the club.
Rashford also set a new Champions League record, as 27 minutes is the shortest a player has been on the pitch before completing a hat-trick in the competition’s history. The previous record was held by Kylian Mbappe, who took 38 minutes to claim the match ball against Club Brugge last year.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
Our no. 10 replaced goalscorer Mason Greenwood and soon made his mark on the game. The striker beat the offside trap in the 74th minute and, while everyone else stopped, he provided an ice-cold finish past Peter Gulacsi to make it 2-0 to the Reds.
The Wythenshawe-born forward smashed in his second three minutes later, before completing the hat-trick two minutes into stoppage time. There was only 16 minutes between the first and last goals, a fact Rashford delighted in on social media afterwards.
Rashford became only the second player in the club's history to score three goals in a game after not starting. The only man to previously do it was also inside the stadium, however Solskjaer went even better back in 1999.
The Norwegian scored four times in our incredible 8-1 win against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the Treble-winning season. Ole came on as a 72nd-minute substitute, scoring in the 80th, 88th and 90th minutes, before adding his and United’s final goal one minute into injury time.
So, where does Rashford’s 16-minute effort rank among the fastest United hat-tricks?Well, he actually falls behind his manager, as Ole scored three times in the space of 10 minutes against Forest. Alan Gowling also scored three times in 10 minutes against Southampton in 1971.
Our fastest Premier League hat-trick was scored by Dwight Yorke. The striker's third goal came just 19 minutes after his opener when United beat Arsenal 6-1 in 2001.
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Rashford became the 93rd different player to score three goals or more in one game for United, following team-mate Anthony Martial after his goalscoring efforts against Sheffield United last season.
Our striker’s achievement was also the first United hat-trick in European competition since Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League in 2017. In the Champions League, we have to go back to 2015 and Wayne Rooney’s hat-trick against Club Brugge in the qualifying round.
Robin van Persie scored our last hat-trick in the knockout phase of Europe’s elite competition with his treble against Olympiacos in 2014.