Rashford beaming after Burnley result
Marcus Rashford was pleased to help Manchester United bring 2019 to a close with back-to-back wins, as the Reds beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday night.
Rashford set the seal on another victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, caressing the ball over the line in stoppage time to ensure the points were secured. The England international's goal, his 16th of the campaign in all competitions, means that United end the calendar year within striking distance of the Premier League's top four places.
Speaking to MUTV after the match, Marcus admitted that, while his strike wasn't the most clinical of finishes, he was glad to add to what is already his best tally for a single season.
"I still don’t know how that went in," he joked, "but we will take it. For me it’s just about being in the right positions. I know sometimes I’m going to miss, sometimes I’ll score, but as long as I’m consistently in the right positions I will get goals."
His associate in attack, Anthony Martial, is also back among the goals. The Frenchman's opener just before the interval sent him into double figures for the term, and added to his brace against Newcastle United two days before.
"He’s brilliant when he’s one-against-one with the keeper," Marcus said about Martial. "It’s down to us to give him more of those opportunities."
He added: "As a number nine you thrive off those opportunities and we know that when he is in front of goal, when he’s calm and confident like he is right now, it’s only going one way.
“So, we just need to keep feeding him, let him keep scoring goals, keep the confidence high and we should be all right going forward."
Anthony Martial in all competitions this season:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 28, 2019
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Turf Moor has often been labelled as a difficult venue for visiting teams. Although our record away at the Clarets has been pretty stout in recent times, a 48-hour turnaround after our Boxing Day match meant that it was a tough test physically and mentally for Solskjaer's side in Lancashire.
"It’s difficult," admitted Rashford. "It’s probably one of the toughest places to go away from home in the league, so credit to the lads and the staff.
“It’s been difficult with two games in three days. Physically it’s tough, mentally we can always be in the right mindset for the game, but sometimes physically the body can let you down and today everyone was running until the 95th minute, so to get the three points after doing all that work is a nice feeling."
It has been a profitable December for the Reds in the league, with successive victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City preceding our two wins during the festive period.
As for Rashford, the 22-year old has been involved in 16 Premier League goals this term, the third most out of anyone in the competition, and hopes to help push the Reds further up the table going into the New Year.
Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in 16 Premier League goals this season, only Jamie Vardy (20) and— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 28, 2019
Kevin De Bruyne (17) have had a hand in more.
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"We’ve struggled to get back-to-back wins in the league, but it’s about keeping that momentum, keeping going forward and getting used to winning," he said. "We’re not going to win every game prettily, it’s impossible in this league, so we’re going to have to grind some results out and today was one of those games.
“We take the three points and we move on and keep trying to improve."
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