Rashford explains United's mindset
After making a goalscoring return from injury in the weekend's game against Leicester City, Marcus Rashford spoke to reporters at a press conference about Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Atalanta.
The 23-year-old striker discussed his comeback from injury, the team's current form and run of results, and what he wants to achieve this season.
Rashford also answered questions on Atalanta's style of play and how this United team responds to setbacks.
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Marcus, just on the club’s form at the moment, how do you assess that? There’s a lot of debate and negativity, what’s your view?
"You know, I think at a club like Manchester United, as soon as you lose a game, this is what happens. I think for us as players, we have to just go back to basics, we have to look at ourselves and see what we can do better. We’ve had the conversation as a team, as we would do whether we win a game or lose a game. We know that the next game is another opportunity to improve and that’s the aim."
You mentioned that after the game, you guys got together to discuss what happened, does that happen regularly, those honest chats?
"Yeah, but it’s not only after defeats, even after some games when we win and we know that we’ve not played well. It’s as important, if not more important to have the conversation after those because you want to nip it in the bud as soon as possible. Especially in the Premier League, you have to defend well, I don’t talk just about the back four and goalkeeper, as a team you have to defend as one. Against Leicester, it was just too open, it’s as simple as that. They’re a good footballing team, as there are a lot of them out there. It was too easy for them to break through us, it’s something we’ve analysed and we’re going to do our best not to let it happen again. The game tomorrow is a perfect opportunity for us to show that."
What’s the mood like at a moment and what do you see as a successful season?
"I think for us, as players, we want to win silverware, and the staff as well, everyone wants to win trophies, but there are steps you have to take to get there, you don’t just win the trophies overnight. We’ve been on this journey a while now, it’s taking a while to get there, we’ve come close a lot of times. We have to find the difference between coming close and getting our hands on trophies. But after the period we’re in now, it’s the next games that counts, we don’t want to look too far ahead."
Marcus, the manager touched on it that you’ve played through quite a long period with a few niggles and injuries, how tough has that been to play through the pain? And how does it feel to be injury free, do you feel like it's a new start?
"Yeah, in a sense. But to be honest, I don’t want to speak about the past, I just want to look forward now and be the best player I can be, help my team-mates. A lot of my focus now is just purely on the next game."
What do you think of Atalanta, are they a tough Champions League opponent? Is there one player you can pick out?
"I think they have a very aggressive style of play, I’d say, both in attacking and defensive situations. It’s a team [which is] definitely going to be a tough game. It’s going to be an intense game but it’s the type of test that we want, it’s the type of test that we’re going to thrive off and I believe that this game can bring the best out of our players, so hopefully we get the tough game that we want and show people what we can do."