Marcus Rashford

Rashford demands improvement from United

Marcus Rashford was happy with the three points at the end of a ‘crazy’ game at Brighton, but our no.10 conceded that the Reds need to improve during the coming weeks.

The forward netted United’s 10,000th goal in all competitions to seemingly give the Reds our first league win of the season, only for the Seagulls to equalise in what looked like the final minute of added time.

But we all know what happened next – Harry Maguire’s header was handled by Neal Maupay, and Bruno Fernandes sensationally stole the victory from the spot, after referee Chris Kavanagh had originally blown for full-time.

Rashford admitted he and his team-mates were fortunate to travel back up to Manchester with the spoils, although they did well not to let their heads drop after Solly March’s late leveller.

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“It’s probably the craziest game we’ve been involved in,” Rashford told us.

“They were hitting the post, the crossbar, four or five times. [There was] VAR for the penalties too, and obviously our penalty at the end.

“We were definitely lucky to get the three points but, even when they equalised, we showed a lot of character and desire to keep pushing forward. We forced a corner out of nothing, a throw-in on the left-side.

“It was Harry’s determination to win the ball, he won the penalty for us and Bruno tucked it away.”

Marcus was keener to reflect on the team performance and the importance of the result as a whole, rather than his landmark goal – finished with composure under pressure from several Seagulls defenders.

The 22-year-old wants United to learn from today’s events and use it as a launchpad, ahead of a tough-looking October schedule, featuring home games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal in the league.

“10,000 goals? It’s funny the way it happened as well, but we have to take things in our stride,” said Marcus.

“We have to use these three points as motivation to improve and keep getting better. We have to improve if we want to hit our targets for the season.

“We had a slow start in the last league game and it’s more important to pick up points. It’s more important that we lost the first league game, we had to win today.

“It doesn’t matter how we won, we got the three points and we’ll move forward and improve.”

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