Rashford says Man Utd are ‘there’ in the title race, after netting another two goals in Leicester victory

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Marcus Rashford has said that Manchester United are firmly in the title race, after closing the gap with league-leaders Arsenal following a 3-0 victory over Leicester.

Erik ten Hag’s side started slowly, but Rashford netted two fine goals as he continued his unbelievable run of form.

The Red Devils are now just five points behind the Gunners, who have played one game less than them – and three behind bitter rivals Manchester City.

United have not won the Premier League title since 2013, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge, but they have experienced a remarkable resurgence under Ten Hag this season.

Rashford has been key to their success, after scoring 24 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions so far.

Indeed, United have a real chance of picking up some silverware this season, as they look ahead to a Europa League clash against Barcelona on Thursday and the League Cup final against Newcastle on Sunday.

In the league, the Red Devil’s next four games come up against Liverpool, Southampton, Brighton and Newcastle, so they could prove to be key games in the context of the title race.

Rashford will have to keep up his scoring form if they are to have any chance of winning the league, though, given he has been directly involved in 41% of United’s league goals this season.

Rashford: ‘I don’t feel like slowing down’

Speaking about the title race after their victory over Leicester, Rashford said: “Obviously, we are there, we are close,” the 25-year-old told Sky Sports.

“At the same time, both teams in front of us are really good teams and they are playing good football at the minute as well.”

As mentioned, Rashford netted two brilliant goals against the Foxes, but United did come under pressure during the match. 

David de Gea was forced to make an outstanding save in the first half, with Leicester looking dangerous in attack. However, Rashford scored the opening goal after a lightning-fast counter attack, which seemed to stop Brendan Rodgers’ team in their tracks.

Rashford added: “Overall, it was a good day. “They [Leicester] created good opportunities and David made a great save at the end of the first half. Without that, we can’t go on to win the game.”

In classy style, the England international had no interest in bragging about the victory and switched his attention to United’s crucial upcoming fixtures.

“It’s still early in the season,” Rashford added. “We’re fighting for a lot of different things and we have another big game in the week to hopefully go through to the next round of the Europa League and then a massive game for us [against Newcastle].

“I don’t feel like slowing down and always want to improve. We have to just focus on ourselves, do as well as we can and keep picking up points.”

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