Marcus Rashford became the main star of Manchester United’s victory over RB Leipzig earlier in the morning, but the question is why coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t play him in the first minute.
As is known, Manchester United faced RB Leipzig on the 2nd matchdays of the European Champions League group stage on the morning WIB (29/10).
In this match, Rashford did not play from the first minute. MU itself still managed to excel thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood.
But since Rashford was demoted in the second half, MU’s performance looked better. In fact, the England striker scored three goals at once which brought MU up 4-0.
The Red Devils’ advantage was fulfilled by Anthoni Martial’s goal through the penalty spot three minutes before the game ended.
Yes, Marcus Rashford performed brilliantly even though he was only assigned as a substitute. Thanks to his hat trick, Rashford is even on the list of substitute players who scored a hat trick, just like Kylian Mbappe.
However, the public even questioned Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision not to play Rashford in the first minute.
When talking about this, the coach can only say that some of the players, including Rashford, really need time off because they play too often.
“Everyone knows that at some time, you have to rest. A player can’t play six or seven games in two weeks, that’s going to be tough.”
“Bruno and Marcus played five times in 14 days, it was tough enough. Football in this era, with intensity, you need time to rest and that’s the reason why we have a big squad,” said Solskjaer, quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
Furthermore, Solskjaer paid tribute to Marcus Rashford, hoping that other substitutes could make a big impact in the following matches as well.
“He got into playing well – the impact, of course, we want that from the substitutes. That can only happen when the others have laid the groundwork and the changes they made,” he added.
Thanks to this victory, Manchester United managed to lead the group H standings with 6 points from two matches.