When it rains, it pours. Amidst Manchester United’s difficult start to the campaign – they lie in tenth in the Premier League after 11 games – the last thing the club needed was to see a former transfer target absolutely tear the house down in the Champions League.
And Real Madrid starlet Rodrygo did exactly that on Wednesday night. The Daily Mail reported back in 2018 that the Red Devils were making checks on the Brazilian, after the then Santos prodigy became the youngest goal-scorer in the Copa Libertadores.
In the end, the 18-year-old joined Madrid for €45m (£38.7m), and in mid-week, proved exactly why Los Blancos shelled out big-money for a teenager.
The forward scored the perfect hat-trick in the 6-0 thrashing of Galatasaray, including two in the opening seven minutes of the contest at the Santiago Bernabeu.
After seeing Rodrygo sparkle in such stunning fashion, United fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on their former target.
Many Red Devils supporters revealed their dismay at missing out on the 18-year-old, whilst some simply appeared to be in awe of what he had achieved.
Check out some of the reaction of United fans below:
Rodrygo take a bow.
A perfect 10 performance
— Manchester_UTD (@YimaUnited) 6 November 2019
Rodrygo, begged for him to be at United, boyhood United fan and interchangeable at RW / LW
Such a lovely talent. Great goal
— Mike (@UtdExcellence) 6 November 2019
WE MISSED OUT ON RODRYGO GOES BECAUSE HE DOESN’T HAVE THE UNITED DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID WHILE WE ARE STUCK WITH NO GOAL CONTRIBUTION JESSE LINGARD. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP EVERYONE
— Depressed (@martial_sauce) 6 November 2019
Doesn’t have United DNA and isn’t British.
It’s a shame we don’t look at foreign talent.
— S_Akiyama4646 #SolskjaerOut #GlazersOut (@Seto_Akiyama46) 7 November 2019
Rodrygo Goes; remember the name. https://t.co/xoW3qII55P
— Roro O’Monstro.™ (@Roromeo_MUFC10) 7 November 2019
Rodrygo with 2 goals and a assist
— Ruben (@MufcHunty) 6 November 2019
rodrygo has a career hat trick before Martial and rashford combined lol.
Rodrygo is a promising talent but some two players at United that has never scored more than 15 a season are world Class earning Ronaldo wages.
— Teri (@19teen_) 7 November 2019
— Manchester United (@U54Manchester) 6 November 2019