Marcus Rashford insists Manchester United’s struggles last season can unite the squad this year and help them to reach greater heights.
United finished the season in sixth and missed out on a place in the Champions League, ensuring the squad suffered a reported 25% drop in wages as a result.
However, Rashford believes those disappointments can help bond the squad together and ensure they reach new heights this time around.
Rashford, who scored twice in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford, said: “Looking back, I think it has definitely brought us together.
“I just feel like we all understand that we can’t start this season like we started and ended last season.
“The middle bit of the season was Manchester United and that’s how we have to aim to be every day.
“Let’s not forget that at Christmas, no-one expected us to get anywhere near the top four in the Premier League.
“So going from that position, to the position we found ourselves in, then just missing out, it was tough.”
United embarked on a different style against Frank Lampard’s side, playing with a higher intensity and pressing far higher up the field and Rashford insists there will be no let-up in the weeks and months ahead.
“Even in the last three years, everyone’s always wanted to press, but for us it was how we could go about it in a way that was suitable for the players,” said Rashford.
“Now I just feel like all the players have come together and bought into one way of doing it. That’s the important thing.
“Everyone wishes you could have the ball for 90 minutes, but in reality you’re not going to, so the quicker we get it back, the more time we can spend on the ball.”
Rashford won’t set Man Utd goals target
Solskjaer has said there is no reason why Rashford, who has scored 13 goals in each of his last two seasons, cannot score 20-plus goals this term.
But the 21-year-old forward said he has not set himself any goal targets this season, despite getting off to a flying start with Sunday’s double.
“I don’t put pressure on myself to get this amount of goals or assists,” Rashford told United Review.
“I’m a believer that if the team gets the goals, the individual things just go hand-in-hand with that. It’s just concentrating on the team.
“We just collectively need to concentrate on ourselves and keep improving as we have been. Then we don’t need to worry about other teams.
“We’re Man United We just need to worry about ourselves and we’ll see where it brings us at the end of the season.”
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