Marcus Rashford says second is not good enough for Manchester United as the league leaders look to put down a title marker at Anfield this weekend.
United travel to face the Premier League champions in a huge top-of-the-table clash this Sunday, having moved ahead three points of their Merseyside rivals with victory over Burnley in midweek.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side head into the contest in fine form following an 11-game unbeaten run in the league and have emerged as potential title contenders for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as manager almost eight years ago.
Rashford insists winning the Premier League for the first time since 2013 must be the focus for the Red Devils ahead of this weekend’s crucial clash, admitting finishing ‘second or third’ can not be considered a ‘good season’ for a club of United’s stature.
“It is going to be a good feeling if we manage to win the league – if we finish second or third, it is not going to be a good season for us, it is not what we set out to try to do at the beginning of the year,” he said.
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“We want to win trophies. We are [still] in the FA Cup and [have] the Premier League left, so we have to try to go and win both of them, and just do our best to continue improving. The main aim is to win trophies, as it always has been at this club.
“They [Liverpool] are hard to beat at home. For us to beat them, we are going to have to be at our best, it is as simple as that really.”
Rashford opened up on the improvements his side have made this season and believes United are capable of scoring goals ‘at any time’, hailing the versatility within the Red Devils squad and outlining his excitement at their progress during the current campaign.
“Ultimately we are more dangerous, we can score goals at any time,” he said. “But we can do much better. I believe it is still the start of something which can go on to be an unbelievable connection.
“Just the forward line in general at the moment which we have – we can play in so many different ways, in different positions with different personnel. We can just be so strong and for us, that is what is key because if we want to win trophies and win the leagues, then you need versatility.
“I believe that we have one of the most versatile squads probably in the Premier League, especially going forwards.
“It is exciting, but it is the beginning of something, we want to keep progressing and keep improving.”