Rashford: This United team can win trophies
Marcus Rashford is convinced the current Manchester United side has what it takes to lengthen the club's already impressive list of honours.
Of course, 2020 has been a year in which Marcus has made many front-page headlines for his campaigning against food poverty and while that vital work will continue, he's determined to make back-page news with United in the best possible way during 2021.
“I believe that the team that we have now is capable of winning big trophies,”Rashford tells podcast presenters Helen Evans, Sam Homewood and David May.
“We are not quite there but I feel like we are close. We just need to make that final push to be a team that can win trophies and fight for everything.
“In the big games, we go toe-to-toe with any team and we know that we can do it. We have confidence on the pitch that we can beat them, whether it is Liverpool, City, PSG… against the big teams we show that we can go head-to-head and give them a game. The players know that, the manager knows that.
“The league's wide open. Four games ago, everybody was saying 'United are finished'. But then we won three games on the spin.Everyone is always going to speak about United because it's the biggest club in the world. We have to find a way to block everything out and just concentrate on what matters, which is taking it one game at a time and picking up points.
“We have to go back to spells where it's worked, where we've won 10 or 11 games, and just do it again. Because I believe this year, the team that does that is the team that's going to go on and win the league. We have to show that we're ready to step up and be that team that's going to be fighting for the title.
“There is nothing bigger than winning the Premier League or the Champions League – that is what the dream is. The fact that we have been knocked out of the Champions League [this season] obviously hurts. But we can’t change it now. It’s happened and the only way to respond is by winning games.
“We're so close to being the team that we all want to be. But it doesn't matter if you're that close or a million miles away, if you're not there, you're not there. We need to show that we are there and the only way to do that is to do it on the pitch. That's where we can speak.”
“I’m going back to the very beginning here but Eamon Mulvey, Tony Whelan, Dave Bushell – without those guys I would never have managed to get through, it was just impossible,”explains Rashford in another part of his UTD Podcast.
“There were a few times when I would miss training because my mum had worked late, my brothers were working and my sisters both had babies, so there was just no way of me getting there.
“I remember missing training a few times and I just used to sit at home crying. I used to always stop [crying] before my mum came home from work but one time she came home early and caught me crying in the front room. When I told her why, she said to United, ‘We are going to need some form of help’, in order for me to get there.
“They are the people who got drivers for me. They made it possible that I could get to training. As a kid that was all that I wanted. This was at eight, nine years old.
“So, [without that support] I wouldn’t have even got to the situation of moving into digs [as an Academy player]. I wouldn’t have been there. I would have been doing something else.”
You can hear much more from Marcus Rashford when his UTD Podcast is released this Monday evening, 21 December. To find previous editions, spin-off stories and video clips, visit www.manutd.com/podcast.