Marcus Rashford has talked up Manchester United’s chances of a successful season this term, after enjoying a strong run of form that has left them second in the table.
The Red Devils endured a shaky start to the current league campaign including falling to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, while they also suffered the major disappointment of crashing out of the Champions League in the group stage phase.
Such erratic and inconsistent displays unsurprisingly intensified pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, yet the Norwegian has since guided United to a nine-match unbeaten run in the league, with their improved displays and results leaving them just three points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand on their fierce rivals.
With that impressive league position has come perhaps premature talk of a title challenge, yet in-form forward Rashford – who netted a late winner in United’s 1-0 win over Wolves on Tuesday – believes that Solskjaer’s side have shown a real togetherness in order to move on from their early-season woes.
“This season with what’s been going on and the way the season has started and players being out with COVID, when one player goes out with it, it affects the team and it’s difficult to find consistency and I think that’s what teams have been struggling with and that leads to results being up and down,” he told MUTV.
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“I expect that to happen throughout the season so the only thing we can do is concentrate on ourselves and give ourselves the best chance of winning three points. To be fair we’ve done that.
“The beginning of the season wasn’t the best for us, especially at home, but we’ve found a way to get back on track and probably when it was the most difficult period for us we came out of it in a good way and stuck together as a team. As long as we keep doing that and do as well as we can on the pitch we can’t ask for anything more.
“My main aim is to help the team and, as a forward, it’s goals and assists that do that so the more of them I can get is the best for the team. That’s what I’m concentrating on doing and ultimately that’s what is going to help the team pick up points and if we have three or four of us that are playing in that way and trying to help each other score, then we can have big possibilities this season.”
Since the start of 2020 United have been much improved, with the signing of Bruno Fernandes the real catalyst in transforming an underperforming side and once again renewing belief among supporters. After showing positive signs of progress after reaching three cup semi-finals last term, the England international admitted that they now need to kick on and end the club’s three-year wait for silverware.
“The platform has been there for a while and in this last year we’ve taken greater steps forward which is obviously a positive for us,” he said. “We missed out on winning some trophies, losing in the semi-finals and that’s what we need to correct in the coming year and make sure we get over the line and win trophies.
“That’s the next thing for us to do as a team then it’s about doing it consistently and being able to repeat it back-to-back which is more difficult than getting it the first time. We’ve still got a long journey ahead of us, but at the moment we’re in a good place and we’re concentrating on ourselves and our team and just trying to improve ourselves in each game.”