Manchester United's three best players against RB Leipzig

United hit RB Leipzig for five goals in a memorable display at Old Trafford

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It is so hard to pick out Manchester United’s three best players on a night where every player performed strongly.

United hit RB Leipzig for five goals in a memorable display at Old Trafford.

Here is a look at our pick of the bunch, and there are so many players who also deserve to be on this shortlist…

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Marcus Rashford
Wow. What can you say about a 16-minute hat-trick. Marcus Rashford put on a clinic at Leipzig’s expense.

His pace and directness caused serious problems for a highly rated side who just had no answer for him.

Playing as part of a two-man attack appears to suit him. Rashford touched the ball just 19 times, and scored three goals.

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He had another shot blocked, and could have demanded a penalty too. Typically unselfish, he let Anthony Martial have it.

United even let him have a rest too. Hopefully he takes this form to the Emirates on Sunday.
 

Fred
Some of Fred’s passing was wayward in the first half, but the way he won the ball back repeatedly and closed Leipzig down was integral to United’s performance.

He sharpened up in the second half and kept driving United forward. He also helped Paul Pogba push on by doing some of the defensive work behind him.

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His hard work allowed United’s attackers to do the damage.

He touched the ball 72 times in total, making three interceptions, three clearances, and created two chances.

Owen Hargreaves told BT Sport: “It’s hard to say he wasn’t one of the best players on the pitch, because he was.

I thought he just did his job well, allowed the boys to create. Get the ball into Pogba, let him do his stuff. Fred was great tonight.”

Mason Greenwood
You can make a case for Bruno Fernandes’ cameo here, or even Pogba for his assist for United’s first.

But you have to give Greenwood credit for the way he scored his first goal, and the circumstances.
 

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It was his first shot in the Champions League, ever, and it resulted in the ball nestling in the bottom corner of the net.

Greenwood was tasked with a difficult finish too, having to strike the ball from an angle across the goalkeeper. He made it look easy.


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