Martin Keown suggests Upamecano rethink after Rashford 'destroys' Man Utd target


Martin Keown raised doubts over Dayot Upamecano’s star quality – after the RB Leipzig defender was left embarrassed by Marcus Rashford.

Upamecano has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and it is understood United have been keeping tabs on the defender.

The 22-year-old Frenchman had a chance to put himself in the shop window when his German employers went head-to-head with United in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

And it was all running somewhat smoothly for Upamecano, despite Leipzig trailing 1-0, until Rashford was introduced as a second-half substitute.

The England superstar quickly got on the scoresheet to double United’s tally but it was his second of the night which got Keown thinking.

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford (R) celebrates scoring his team’s third goal

Rashford showed superb feet to bamboozle Upamecano, leaving the defender scrambling on the floor, before striking home a fine finish.

Keown was left in awe of the striker but questioned Upamecano’s ability.

Speaking during his commentary duties for BT Sport, he said: “All that talk about Upamecano. He’s absolutely destroyed him hasn’t he.”

It was no doubt an embarrassing moment for Upamecano and, indeed, it was a night to forget as United securing a stunning 5-0 victory.

Rashford was in stunning form for Manchester United

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The Red Devils had the better chances in the early stages and broke the deadlock in the 21st minute through a classy Mason Greenwood finish.

Fred won the ball in midfield and fed Pogba to drive forward, whose through ball found the 19-year-old to get a smart, low strike across Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

The video assistant referee checked the goal but Upamecano was adjudged to have just played Greenwood onside.

The second came after Bruno Fernandes, who replaced Donny Van De Beek, sent a superb first-time ball through to Rashford, who raced through and slotted past Gulasci.

Dayot Upamecano, in action with Anthony Martial, endured a nightmare second half

The linesman had long since raised his flag for offside but the VAR checked the decision, ruling that the forward was in his own half and awarding the goal.

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There was another for Rashford moments later, with the substitute impressively chopping away from Upamecano and rifling home.

Anthony Martial grabbed a fourth from the spot efore Marcus Rashford completed his hat-trick late on.





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