Manchester United captain Harry Maguire insists that his row with Marcus Rashford is a sign of better things to come for the club.
Television footage caught striker Rashford shouting an expletive at his colleague during Wednesday’s draw with Crystal Palace.
The incident followed the ball going out of play, with Rashford becoming frustrated at his team-mate.
As such, expletive reactions may seem trivial for such an in-game moment. However, Maguire told The Sun that he feels pleased to see the players talking to each other.
Indeed, Maguire feels that his side would top the table if it was measured on communication skills.
“If we want to win titles and win trophies, we must have leaders,” the 27-year-old said.
“We are starting to get that. We are vocal on the pitch.
“Listen to the players and we are the loudest in the Premier League.”
United have faced criticism this season for their lack of impact in big games. The Red Devils have drawn 0-0 to Arsenal, Manchester City and most recently Chelsea.
However, Maguire added that his side are working on having the right mentality to take the next step up as a club.
Maguire confident of Man Utd mentality
“We do speak about having the right mentality. If you do not have the right mentality, you’re at the wrong club,” the defender said.
“As a group, we speak about leadership, mentality and focus.
“When you talk during a game you can keep your own focus and help organise the team.”
Elsewhere in his interview with The Sun, Maguire called on his side to put in strong performances in a make-or-break period in their season.
Sunday’s Manchester derby with City is followed by both legs of the Europa League last 16 tie with AC Milan and the FA Cup quarter-final with Leicester, all in the next few weeks.
“The next two weeks will define our season,” Maguire said.
“We want to get through in the Europa League and the FA Cup is also a big priority as we have to start winning trophies.
“But, first, we have the Manchester derby and that is such a big game. We have drawn our last three matches, so want to bounce back to winning ways.
“But we have a good record when we go to City. When you play for this club, or manage this club, you are always two weeks away from scrutiny or criticism.
“So, yes, this is an important time. When you play for this club, you just know what to expect.”