United have won just three major trophies since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013: the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League under the leadership of former managers Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
The last of those triumphs dates back to 2017 and although current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided United to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League last season – as well as a third place in the Premier League – the club wait for the silverware to continue.
However, despite an inconsistent start to the campaign – including a disappointing exit from the Champions League group stage – United are now unbeaten in six Premier League appearances and could close the gap on leaders Liverpool to two points s’ they win their matches in hand.
Their next game sees them rekindle their rivalry with Leeds United at Old Trafford on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, and Rashford believes that Solskjaer’s side are now starting to show signs that they may soon be fighting for major honors again.
“I think the team we have now are capable of winning some big trophies,” Rashford told the UTD podcast.
“I feel like we’re close, but we’re not quite there. We just have to make that final effort to be a team that can win trophies and fight for everything.
“In big games, we face each other with any team and we know we can do it. We are confident on the pitch that we can beat them, be it Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain. Against the big teams, we show that we can go head-to-head and give them a game. The players know it, the manager knows it.
“We are so close to that when you win trophies. But for me, the faster we get there, the better. There is nothing bigger than winning the Premier League or the Champions League – that’s what the dream is.
“The fact that we were eliminated from the Champions League obviously hurts. But we can’t change it now. It happened and the only way to answer is to win the next game. ”
Rashford praises Man Utd academy
Rashford is Manchester United’s top scorer this season with 12 goals in all competitions. Since his debut in February 2016, he has found the net 79 times in 234 appearances.
The 23-year-old credits the club’s academy system for its meteoric rise and praised his former coaches for helping him make it to the first team.
“I’m going back to the very beginning here, but Eamon Mulvey, Tony Whelan, Dave Bushell – without these guys I would never have made it through, it was just impossible,” said Rashford.
“There were a few times I missed training because my mom had worked late and my brothers were working, my sisters both had babies and there was just no way to make it.
“I remember skipping practice a few times and I used to sit at home crying. I always stopped before she (her mother) came home. She was coming home at the same time. and she caught me crying in the front room, and that’s where I said to her and she was the one who said to United, ‘We’re going to need some kind of help’, so I can make it happen.
“They are the ones who had drivers for me. They allowed me to train. As a kid, that was all I wanted. It was eight or nine years old.
” So, [without that support] I wouldn’t even have gotten to the situation of moving into digs and stuff. I wouldn’t have been there. I would have done something else.
“United always say when you grow up ‘express yourself on the pitch’. They are the ones who taught me that. I think that’s why we have so many young people because without knowing it, they are ready to play. It’s United and the system’s credit. ”
You can listen to the rest of the interview starting Monday night, by searching for UTD Podcast on one of your favorite podcast providers. You can find previous episodes and exclusive video clips of their recording on the official Manchester United app and website.
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