Rashford backed to be Manchester United captain after showing selflessness in 5-0 win against Leipzig

Former Manchester United defender, Owen Hargreaves, has praised Marcus Rashford for his selflessness and leadership quality, after the forward’s behaviour during Manchester United’s 5-0 win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

Rashford had scored two quick goals after coming on as a substitute in the second half, and was provided with an opportunity to extend his tally, and secure his hat-trick when United won a penalty late in the game.

However, the 22 year old gave the penalty to Anthony Martial, instead, and Owen believes the behaviour is why Rashford would one day, become Man United’s captain.

Speaking on the gesture, Hargreaves said: “I love that – he’s looking out for his teammates. Marcus knows he’s gonna get his numbers, I love that.

“That’s being a great teammate. That’s why he’s gonna be the captain because he thinks about everyone else.”

Another ex- United player, Rio Ferdinand, who also watched the match, didn’t seem to agree with Hargreaves, however, as he said Rashford should have added to his tally with the penalty.

He argued: “Messi and Ronaldo ain’t giving a pen away!” but did later admit that Rashford is “somebody who’s intent on improving himself and becoming a better player.”

Thanks to Rashford’s gesture, Martial now has his first goal of the season, and hopefully, he has received the confidence boost he needs to replicate last season’s success.