Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford honoured former team-mate Romelu Lukaku by allowing Anthony Martial to take a penalty in Wednesday’s 5-0 demolition of RB Leipzig. Rashford came off the bench with the score at 1-0 in the Champions League tie at Old Trafford and netted a quick brace to seal the points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
However, United were not done there though, as they were awarded a penalty after Marcel Sabitzer tripped Martial in the 18-yard box.
Rashford could have taken the penalty to try and complete a 13-minute hat-trick.
However, the England star allowed Martial to step up and score his first goal of the season.
Rashford’s gesture mirrored that of Lukaku during his time at United.
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Rashford revealed earlier this month that the Belgium international, when on a hat-trick, allowed him to take the last-minute penalty in the Champions League last-16 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in March 2019.
“Let me tell you a little story about @RomeluLukaku9,” Rashford tweeted.
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“We are playing PSG in the second leg of the Champions League, with little hope of qualifying. 2-0 down on agg.
“2 mins in, Rom scores. 30 mins in, Rom scores. We need one more goal to qualify. 94th min – penalty…
“Rom steps up picks up the ball and hands it to me. He knew this was my moment.
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“He knew it would be me that got all news coverage for scoring that penalty and he was ok with that, ignoring the fact that he was the most instrumental part of that win.
“That tells you all you need to know about @RomeluLukaku9. Selfless, a team player… Never afraid to dim his light for others to shine. That’s my brother and I appreciate him.”
Rashford did however still have time to complete his first career hat-trick following Martial’s spot-kick.
Afterwards, the 22-year-old insisted he did not have a problem with Martial taking the penalty.
Rashford said: “I feel confident with Anthony taking them as well. So no problem.”
Rashford also revealed what manager Solskjaer said to him before he came on as a second-half substitute.
He added: “I think the manager wanted me to up the tempo. That for us means going forward.
“There was definitely space there. We got Bruno [Fernandes] and Paul [Pogba] on the ball. We looked dangerous throughout and that we could score every time we went forward.
“It was a real team performance. The ones who started did well and the substitutes did well too.
“We can’t ask for much more than that in terms of the attitude and the intent to go and kill the game off. It worked in our favour.”
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