Marcus Rashford says Manchester United needed ‘to work double hard’ after securing a crucial 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace to maintain their hopes of a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
Leicester’s earlier victory over Sheffield United meant Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side needed to win at Selhurst Park to keep pace with the top four, and the Red Devils responded by extending their unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions.
Rashford opened the scoring with a brilliant cut back and finish inside the Palace penalty area, before Martial secured the three points in the second half with his sixth goal in seven appearances since the Premier League’s restart.
United did enough to secure victory but were given a tough test by Roy Hodgson’s side, with the hosts seeing an equaliser from Jordan Ayew ruled out by the finest of offside margins following consultation with VAR.
Victory moved United back level on points with fourth-placed Leicester and just a point adrift of Chelsea in third, and Rashford was pleased with his side’s ability to grind out a vital three points as their unbeaten run continued.
“Every game for us now a big game, we were scoring goals for fun before Southampton and the last two have been difficult games, we have to work double hard to win today,” Rashford told BT Sport.
“I am trying to be clever inside the box and find half a yard to get a shot off. We have been improving in our pattern of play. The beginning of the game was very tough.
“With VAR you do not know what to expect. It can be difficult at times for both teams.
“Anthony Martial has done a lot work today and makes himself available to receive the ball. It is always good when your strikers can score.
“We have to go and win every game, that has been the goal for the past few weeks but today has been good to refocus.”
United next face Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday, whilst Palace will be looking to end a run of six successive defeats when they travel to Wolves on Monday night.