Marcus Rashford says Manchester United can still finish in the top four this season, but has urged his side to focus on themselves as they bid to improve following a difficult start to the campaign.
Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in 10th position in the Premier League, the Old Trafford outfit currently 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League qualification.
While Rashford admits Manchester United face a difficult task in securing a top-four finish, the 22-year-old insists it is ‘nowhere near impossible’ and urged his side to start delivering more consistent performances and results.
“It’s going to be tough [to get into the top four] but it’s nowhere near impossible. We don’t need to focus on any other teams, we play our best football when we focus on ourselves and us improving.
“That’s the only way Man Utd play good football and we need to get back to doing that. It can be very simple for us and at the same time, you don’t want to make it complicated for yourself.
“The main thing is bouncing back. I always think with home games, if you’re energetic on the pitch, you’re making runs and you’re lively, you win games more often than not.
“Old Trafford is a special place and if we do that with the fans behind us, it’s a tough place to come. With the tempo we play at when we’re at our best, it’s very hard to stop us so we use it as a template and we need to get back to doing that.
“I just look at the games where we’ve done it well and the games where we haven’t. You weigh them up and look at how you can be more consistent in the games you’ve done well in.
“There was the game against Leicester where it wasn’t 90 minutes of fun but you go through the game. We won 1-0 and it does a lot for the team and you as an individual. But ideally, you want that support there and you want to be in positions to help your team-mates.”
United return to European action on Thursday night when they face Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford. The club currently sit top of Group L on seven points after three fixtures, and will secure qualification to the knock-out stages with victory.