Marcus Rashford looking forward to win at Newcastle on march to ‘where the trophies are’
Marcus Rashford can’t wait for the visit to Tyneside to come around.
By the time of Monday’s match, providing it goes ahead…Manchester United will not have played for 16 days.
A Covid outbreak has seen them postpone games against both Brentford and Brighton.
This week has seen a staggered return of Man Utd players back to the training ground and Marcus Rashford revealing that the final players will return today (Thursday), four days ahead of playing Newcastle United.
Marcus Rashford looking at this Newcastle United game as one that could start them off on a run towards greater glories…’So, if we have a good Christmas period now, then we can keep that momentum going and that will take you into the big games where the trophies are, come the end of the season.’
In reality though, Man Utd are already 17 points off Man City and indeed 11 points off Chelsea in third, so in effect, the only ‘trophy’ league-wise that they are playing for, is the prize of fourth place and Champions League qualification.
With surely zero chance of winning the Champions League, Man Utd who are also out of the League Cup, only realistically have the FA Cup to play for…just like Newcastle United, although the survival trophy is also pretty high on the importance list for NUFC.
Interesting to look at how the mighty have fallen after their period of domination, as it is nine seasons and soon to become ten, since Man Utd last won the title.
Indeed, since Newcastle United returned to the Premier League in 2017, Man Utd have won the same amount of trophies and have been to the same number of cup finals as NUFC.
When people have talked about this tough set of fixtures in December, they have bunched Man Utd in with Man City and Liverpool, which to me is laughable. Those two are way out on their own and their easy 2-0 and 5-0 wins at Old Trafford sum that up.
It won’t be easy on Monday but Newcastle United have beaten Man Utd twice in the last four matches at St James Park, so absolutely no reason to be writing this game off, as no chance of picking up points.
Eddie Howe has eight days between matches to prepare for this one, after having had three tough games to play in a week. A perfect time to have a proper lift-off under Eddie Howe and the new NUFC owners, here’s hoping the players can cut out the daft mistakes that have proved so costly AND a little bit of luck (and match official justice) will also flow our way finally.
Marcus Rashford speaking ahead of playing Newcastle United:
“The lads have been training and today [Wednesday 22 December] we brought all the rest of the lads back to training, there are only a couple left that will be coming in tomorrow.
“So, we’ve pretty much got the full squad back, which is a positive going into the week.
“Everyone is looking forward and everyone is very positive at the minute [looking forward to playing Newcastle United].
“We were all disappointed when the last game got cancelled but, at the end of the day, there’s nothing you can really do about it.
“We have to just focus on the next game [at St James Park] that will be played and hopefully that game goes ahead.
“Yeah, I definitely enjoy this time of year.
“I think the way you start the season and the way you play, and the results you get around the Christmas period, are probably the two most important points [in the season].
“So, if we have a good Christmas period now, then we can keep that momentum going and that will take you into the big games where the trophies are, come the end of the season.”
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