Marcus Rashford calls for unity from Manchester United squad as they seek reaction against Liverpool | Football news
Marcus Rashford has called on the Man Utd squad to regroup and recover from their crushing defeat to Brentford with a win over Liverpool to get their season back on track.
United’s 4-0 thrashing in west London last weekend left Erik ten Hag’s side bottom of the Premier League table, following a season-opening loss at home to Brighton.
They returned to Old Trafford for a Monday Night Football clash with arch-rivals Liverpool – live on Sky Sports – and despite the team’s difficulties in the opening weeks of the season, Rashford believes if United work as a unit they can get up and running. for the campaign.
“We have a chance to put it right and there’s no better game to do it than Liverpool at Old Trafford,” Rashford told Sky Sports.
“If we can play well and get results, that will be positive for us and help us get into the season.”
Asked if United have to always function as a team this season, the striker said: “In the moments of the game it didn’t happen and we paid the price.
“It’s something we need to do for as long as possible during the 90 minutes. We understand that in a 90-minute game it can give you different challenges but as long as we all work together, I believe we can deal with whatever is thrown our way.We do it as soon as possible.
“For us, it’s just about getting points across the board. We want to continue the season and once we do that we will have the feeling of winning again.”
Reflecting on how United have fallen from runner-up to the 2020/21 Premier League to drop to sixth last term, Rashford says hard work and a positive response to the situation can bring United back to life. previous levels.
“It was difficult,” he said. “Especially last season, we didn’t reach the heights that we could have. We weren’t up to the standard that we could reach.
“But that’s something to look forward to and for sure now the team is working and we have to understand the situation and keep pushing ourselves on a daily basis. That’s the bare minimum and if we keep doing that, I’m sure we’ll be back to win.
“You talk about the next step [from second to champions]. Sometimes you can be very close but if you are not there you will not be there. That gap may be bigger than what it feels like. At the same time, we can’t get away from the fact that two years ago we were there and competing against the best teams in the league.
“I remember those games, we enjoyed playing against those teams. We have to try to get that feeling back.
“The first thing is you have to go out on the pitch and believe you’re going to win. That’s the biggest thing, faith and confidence in the team and the tactics. We have to have that.
“Football is an unpredictable game. Things can go well, things can go bad, but the reaction has to be positive. We didn’t start the season like we wanted but we can’t let that happen. That goes against reality, at the beginning of the season and we’re still working and pushing on something.
“It could be a good season. In the early days people are always exaggerating anyone’s performance but for us we have to focus on each game. We can’t look too far ahead. going forward and certainly can’t look back. We have to stay positive and wait for the next game.”
Rashford scored just four Premier League goals last season, his lowest tally since appearing in the 2015/16 season. He believes his determination to play through injury could affect his form, but like his belief that United will return to their former standards, he is also confident he will soon find his way back. feel like scoring again.
“Yes, it is possible,” he said when asked if the injury has affected him. “But at the end of the day, many of those are my decisions. I’ve been playing for a long time with these injuries, and they’re not minor injuries, they’re injuries that I have. should rest. [with] and relax. If I feel like I can be positive for the team, I will always try and give my best.
“For me, it’s just repetition and once I start putting the ball in the net again, it’s going to be a feeling that’s going to last for a while.”
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When asked about his commitment to bring United back to their successful days, Rashford said: “100% true.
“For me it’s non-negotiable at the club. Your situation at the club is always changing, sometimes you have good spells sometimes you’re not in a good spell but One thing that must remain the same is your dedication and commitment to training and games.
“I feel like in any situation I have to give 100 per cent for myself, my family, my friends and the fans.
“For me, I’ve always wanted to be at Man Utd for as long as possible and be competitive for trophies and win trophies here at the club. Hopefully we can come back to do that. That’s it. which I’m definitely trying to do.”