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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has warned his teammates that they can no longer complicate life after another comeback on the road.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was abject for the first 45 minutes in West Ham on Saturday, with Tomas Soucek’s goal giving the hosts a deserved advantage.
United could have been further back before Paul Pogba scored a magnificent draw from 25 yards and then Mason Greenwood and halftime substitute Rashford completed a 3-1 win.
The Red Devils have trailed in each of their five Premier League away games this season, but rallied to win them all, their 15 points earned by losing positions in a league record.
“We have to stop doing that,” the English international told Sky Sports after United made it into the top four in the Premier League.
“If we keep a clean sheet, we will definitely win more games.
“It’s good that we show the courage to come back when we concede a goal, but ideally we don’t want to concede.
An Edinson Cavani injury prompted Rashford to come forward and Solskjaer will count his walking injuries ahead of a potentially crucial week in his season.
A 3-1 midweek loss at home to Paris Saint-Germain means United must avoid defeat at RB Leipzig to seal qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
pts + MOTM, not a bad trip south pic.twitter.com/FAqxfFNSD0
– Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) December 5, 2020
“It’s a great game. When you lose a game like we did in the Champions League, it is important to win the next game and we did it today ”. Rashford said, with the trip to Germany immediately ahead of next weekend’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford.
“We can look forward to this last game now, go there, have fun and hopefully win.”
Saturday’s game at the London Stadium was the first Premier League game to have fans in the stands since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with a restricted attendance of 2,000 socially estranged fans.
“It’s something that everyone knows the game has been lost,” added Rashford, who made four shots and created an opportunity. “It’s what makes the game so special.”
“We were talking before the game in the locker room and it’s a great feeling to have some fans back.”
This is the first time since 1985-86 that United have won their first five league games on the road, and their winning streak away from Old Trafford in the top flight now extends to nine games since last season.