Manchester United star Marcus Rashford wants his team to start games better
Even though United won the game by three goals to none, the story could have been different had David de Gea not made two exquisite saves with nil-nil. In fact, the Foxes created many more half-chances and failed to execute the final pass.
Once Rashford scored the opening goal, things settled down for United. In the second half, the performance was much-better, aided by the fact that Leicester went chasing the game and left gaps at the back.
Here’s what the Englishman said about the slow start from the team (h/t Manchester Evening News):
“I think first half we didn’t actually play that well, second half we played a lot better.
“We found people in pockets, found Bruno in pockets, Fred and they’re creating chances for us. We need to try and look to do that from the beginning but it’s also a positive that we’re not playing at our best and going in at halftime a goal up. So definitely stuff to improve on and learn from but overall a good day.”
It is good to know that the players have this realisation even after comfortably winning the game. They know there are issues to sort out with the crunch part of the season coming up.
Although the win over Leicester has kept United in their previously-held third place in the table, they are now only three points behind second-placed Manchester City and five adrift of leaders Arsenal.
So, as much as people may not give this much importance, the Red Devils are in the title race. Given the frailties shown by the top two teams in the last few weeks, the hope inside the United camp must have risen.
However, knowing the fact that we are alive in all four competitions, we cannot look too far ahead. The next big game is around the corner, which is the return leg of the Europa League tie against Barcelona.
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There is a cup final coming next Sunday as well. It is the first chance for Erik ten Hag and his men to lift their first silverware of the season. Hopefully, that won’t be the last as well.