Marcus Rashford has said that any suggestion Manchester United gave up against Liverpool on Sunday is ‘nonsense’.
The Red Devils suffered their worst-ever Premier League defeat at the weekend, and the biggest loss in 92 years, when Liverpool won 7-0 at Anfield. A number of pundits claimed after the game that United threw in the towel in a second half where they conceded six goals.
“They should be ashamed of their performance, particularly in the second half when the going got tough. They just went missing,” claimed Roy Keane on Sunday. “When you go two goals down like that you have got to show some pride, fight and spirit. They didn’t show any of that.”
However, a defiant Rashford rejected the notion that United lacked desire at Anfield. “We didn’t give up, that’s nonsense. We were unorganised, yes, communication was bad, yes, that’s why we conceded the goals,” he said on Wednesday. “But it comes down to the fact that I believe everyone was trying to get back into the game that much, we came away from the team’s principles in and out of possession.
“I felt like the forwards were just trying to press as a unit but we weren’t connected with the midfield. And then the same with the midfield and the defence. We were trying to get a grip of the game at 2-0 and 3-0, we were talking but I don’t think we were really in agreement of what to do.
“Listen, it’s happened and the only thing we can do is learn from it and move on. I’m happy and grateful we have another game quickly because we have an opportunity to take a step forward from the last game and put it behind us.
“Liverpool versus United is a unique game,” he added. “It doesn’t matter about form, about individuals’ form; it’s a special game of football that’s just decided in the 95 minutes you’re on the pitch.
“Going in at half-time it could have been a different game. I missed a chance from Luke’s [Shaw] pass at 0-0, that could have been 1-0. We had two or three other opportunities, we should have gone in at half-time leading, but we were down 1-0, we weren’t in a bad position.
“We felt like we could still go and create chances in the second half. It’s Liverpool, they can take the game away from you and that’s what happened. It’s about resetting now. That’s all we can do.
“There’s no point dwelling on what happened. We just press the reset button, go back to the basics and give 100 percent again to try to win the game on Thursday.”