Delighted Rashford sends warning
Marcus Rashford insists that Manchester United must stop giving opponents a goal start on our travels.
The Reds once again came from behind against the Hammers at the London Stadium to record a fifth successive away Premier League win of the season with an outstanding 3-1 recovery win.
The tale was exactly the same as the last four away victories this season at Brighton, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side having to recover from going a goal or two down to gain the three points.
Rashford came on at the break, along with Bruno Fernandes, and the England striker scored United’s third, after Paul Pogba had equalised and Mason Greenwood had put us ahead in a sensational second half. But Rashford knows United cannot keep giving sides an advantage.
“We need to stop doing that,” he told Sky Sports. “If we keep more clean sheets we will win more games. It is good that we show spirit to come back when we concede a goal but ideally we don’t want to be conceding.”
United had a forgettable first hour at the Hammers HQ, but a stunning final 30 minutes reversed our fortunes.
“That’s all it takes," declared Marcus. "We defended quite well, they have some dangerous players and especially in the first half you could see that on the counterattack.
“They were attacking with some big threats and we managed to get through it [at just] 1-0. Once you get to half-time it is an opportunity to regroup and come out for the second half with a new of focus and that is what we did.”
So how did the manager change it with his words in the dressing room at the interval?
“I think sometimes it is not about what he says, it's about what we can see on the pitch,” revealed Rashford.
“It was clear in the first half we didn’t get in behind them. We played some decent football but nothing that was really threatening to the backline and goalkeeper. In the second half the team knew what we needed to do and it was a case of going out there and doing that.”
The match saw United play in front of fans for the first time since last March in the Premier League. 2,000 West Ham supporters were allowed back in the stadium and it was a sight and sound welcomed by Rashford.
“Brilliant. It is something that everybody knows the game has missed and it is what makes the game so special,” he insisted.