Marcus Rashford has claimed that the current Manchester United squad is fully capable of challenging for silverware this season, with United having put in some improved displays of late.
While they may find themselves out of the Champions League after a dismal end to their group stage campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have begun to put a string of results together domestically following an erratic start to the season. The Red Devils have won five of their last six Premier League games, as well as picking up a creditable draw against Manchester City last weekend.
That ‘run’ of form has led some to somewhat prematurely suggest that Manchester United could well be title challengers, the Old Trafford outfit currently eight points off the top albeit with two games in hand on leaders Liverpool.
Their most recent league meeting saw them once again come from behind to see-off winless Sheffield United, with England international Rashford bagging a brace after an impressive all-round performance from the 23-year-old.
Despite grabbing all three points, the game once again showcased United’s inability to put together a complete performance over a full 90 minutes rather than just in short, yet deadly bursts.
That being said, there is a belief that in full flight Solsjkaer’s side are capable of beating anyone, with Rashford – who could be set to sign a new long-term deal in the near future – stating that his side are good enough to be in the mix come the end of the season.
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“I believe that the team that we have now is capable of winning big trophies,” Rashford told the UTD Podcast.
“We are not quite there but I feel like we are close. We just need to make that final push to be a team that can win trophies and fight for everything.
“In the big games, we go toe-to-toe with any team and we know that we can do it. We have confidence on the pitch that we can beat them, whether it is Liverpool, City, PSG… against the big teams we show that we can go head-to-head and give them a game. The players know that, the manager knows that.
“The league’s wide open. Four games ago, everybody was saying ‘United are finished’. But then we won three games on the spin.
”Everyone is always going to speak about United because it’s the biggest club in the world. We have to find a way to block everything out and just concentrate on what matters, which is taking it one game at a time and picking up points.
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“We have to go back to spells where it’s worked, where we’ve won 10 or 11 games, and just do it again. Because I believe this year, the team that does that is the team that’s going to go on and win the league. We have to show that we’re ready to step up and be that team that’s going to be fighting for the title.
“There is nothing bigger than winning the Premier League or the Champions League – that is what the dream is. The fact that we have been knocked out of the Champions League [this season] obviously hurts. But we can’t change it now. It’s happened and the only way to respond is by winning games.
“We’re so close to being the team that we all want to be. But it doesn’t matter if you’re that close or a million miles away, if you’re not there, you’re not there. We need to show that we are there and the only way to do that is to do it on the pitch. That’s where we can speak.”