Marcus Rashford has admitted the lure of overtaking Liverpool is a huge motivation for Manchester United’s players as they prepare to begin a new season.
United finished third in the 2019/20 campaign, though were some way behind Jurgen Klopp’s title-winning side, with a 33-point chasm between the two rivals.
United fan and academy product Rashford could not hide his eagerness to try and reel in Liverpool, but admitted United have much to improve upon under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before they can challenge for the Premier League title.
“I think that’s natural for anyone who plays for the club or anyone who’s from Manchester,” Rashford told the Press Association when asked about Liverpool. United rivals Man City are also being widely tipped to reclaim the title in 2020/21.
“We have to use all that as motivation to keep improving as a team,” Rashford said. “But we can’t lose sight of what’s important, and that’s our own team’s development and to keep improving. You can find yourself sometimes looking too much elsewhere, but we play our best and we improve most when we concentrate on ourselves as individuals and as a team.
“The manager always wants us to do that and that’s the best way to do it.”
United have not won the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and Rashford has challenged his teammates at Old Trafford to churn out consistent results to give themselves a chance this time around.
“It’s obviously a big step,” he added. “The lads worked hard and for me, it’s what we deserved as a team (finishing third). We’ve had some tough times this season and some times where we’ve been unstoppable.
“But we need to find that consistency, that’s the biggest thing for us. We have quite a young team, so if we can find that consistency, that will be important for us.”