Marcus Rashford: Man Utd striker scores hat-trick after 1m signatures

Source BBC sport

Marcus Rashford has been the talk of the country off the pitch and once again displayed his prowess on it.

In a week when the England international has rallied support in his bid to take on the government in the fight to provide free meals for deprived schoolchildren, he also served up a wonderful hat-trick in the Champions League.

Told to “stick to football” and accused of “virtue signaling” by some, Rashford displayed his powers at multi-tasking – showing it is possible to be a campaigner at the same time as a goalscorer – by coming off the bench to net his first senior hat-trick for Manchester United in the 5-0 win over RB Leipzig.

The 22-year-old did not arrive until just after the hour mark, but then netted three times in 16 minutes in a virtuoso display of clinical finishing.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Marcus has shown he can keep focusing on what’s important on and off the pitch at the moment. He did really well today coming off the bench.”

It has been quite a month for the striker, honored with an MBE, and seeing his petition to end child food poverty surpassing one million signatures.