Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been reflecting on his key role as the team clinched a third place finish.
Rashford played all 90 minutes of United’s final day victory over Leicester City, which sealed a top four spot.
At times this season it had seemed very unlikely that United could finish in the top four.
Rashford recognised it had been a really tough season, and also commented on his own unlikely comeback from injury.
The season delay enabled Rashford to feature in every single Premier League game, when otherwise at best he may just have made the final couple of matches.
The time on the sidelines only helped Rashford become more determined to come back stronger.
He is level on goals with 22 for the season with teammate Anthony Martial, although he may not be done yet.
While Rashford needs a bit of a rest, he could play a part in the Europa League and try and add a bit of silverware.
‘Where we’re supposed to be’?
The only thing wrong with Rashford’s message was when he said United ‘are back where we’re supposed to be’, if we want to nitpick.
While we do belong in the Champions League, we are a long way from where we ultimately want to get to.
United are ‘supposed to be’ at the top of English football, and not in third. The hard work is only just getting started for next season’s challenge.
Winning the Europa League next month would be a strong statement of intent from this talented squad.
This is a good first step, don’t get us wrong, and United are on the right track. We just don’t want to see the players think the mountain has been climbed yet.
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