“Today we didn’t play like Manchester United” Marcus Rashford said after the Red Devils were defeated by neighbours, Man City at Old Trafford.
It was a brutally honest assessment of Manchester United’s recent struggles, claiming that their derby defeat to Man City was not worthy of the club.
Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane killed off a fired-up United side at Old Trafford and took City back above Liverpool at the top of the table.
City, who have won their last 11 league matches, now lead the Merseysiders by a point with three games remaining for both sides.
Suggestions United might prove pushovers after a dismal run of six defeats in their eight previous games, or they would be unwilling to do rivals Liverpool favour, were wide of the mark.
The hosts, clearly stung by their embarrassing 4-0 capitulation at Everton last weekend, set out to make a point – but despite their efforts, the gulf between the two teams was clear by the final whistle.
Speaking after the game, Rashford said: “Today we didn’t play like Manchester United. It’s not right. The bare minimum is to work hard and give all for the badge, the supporters, the club and yourself.
“It has been a tough road to get to where we are, to get there and not be putting up the same performances as we were in January is disappointing. We know what’s been going wrong, it’s mentality and willingness to run for your team.
“Forget the league and top four, you don’t lose this game. It’s that simple as a Manchester United fan. We never call each other out but we have to be real with each other. It’s a matter of trying to improve each other.
“It’s more getting back used to doing it on the pitch. They [the supporters] know we can do it. Forget the top four and the Champions League. We have to get to the bottom of it and start playing like Manchester United for ourselves.”