Manchester United’s Rashford pessimistic about EPL title

The English forward says it would be insane to think about bagging the English Premier League title at this stage, even after his goal moves the Red Devils up to the second position on the league table.

The game looked like one that would end a draw when Rashford was on the edge of the area close to the goal-line. This expectation was cancelled after the Manchester United striker cuts inside the box. He made fly with a shot that went off Romain to pass through Rui.

As at this moment, Man United is now two points behind Liverpool, the league’s leading team. United and Liverpool have played the same number of games, bringing both close to the top of the table. So far, this is the closest United has been since the retirement of Sir Ferguson.

According to an interview with Amazon Prime, Rashford said the team cannot look too far ahead. He also voiced out that the team is still putting in the work, but to mainly focus on the table too early in this season will be a stupid idea.

He furthered that Man United needs to take it a game at a time and making more wins like this would determine where they will be at the end of this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club’s manager, also disclosed his unwillingness to discuss any title challenge until Manchester United plays 30 games.

According to him, there is no title challenge after only 15 games. He said the chance of being in the race can be lost in the first or next ten games. After additional 15 games or more, that may be a good time to discuss the title race.

United’s manager maintains that many think the team can win against anyone and anywhere. Yes, so far, the result is great for this kind of attitude. But things could take a turn of care is not taken.

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Here comes some tight affair

Towards the end of the match, predicting the winner was a tight one. The two teams have met eight times since 2018, both in league and cup fixtures.

Results, so far, have been tight: four draws and two wins each. Plus, none of those matches had more than a goal.

Although the manager of Manchester United earlier predicted a tight game, his defence proved to be effective against the Wolves’ attacks. While the away team struggled without Raul Jimenez, United refused to perform optimally even after the return of Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Anthony Martial and Rashford had several chances that were wasted. Also, Edinson Cavani was able to land the ball in the net, though it was offside.

Appeals for a penalty also played out. It was a handball that VAR considered accidental by Conor Coast, a Wolves skipper.

How good was Neto?

Pedro Neto performed superbly for the Wolves on Tuesday night. The young forward nearly led his team to a good ending.

Neto is new to the senior football club. The 20-year old forward has appeared in few games for Braga (as a native of Portugal), and a loan spell at Lazio. Wolves’ manager, Nuni Espirito, has been playing down on much expectations from Neto.

Both Jamie Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle have spoken well of the forward earlier. And despite his tiny stature for the centre-forward role, his performance at Old Trafford has proved that he’s a star in the making.

The young forward has shown some creativity with a shot that tested De Gea. He has also displayed how strategic he is with his motives.

More on the detailed performance of Pedro Neto.

Now, what’s next?

Aston Villa came next for Manchester United, which they defeated 2-1. Wolves, on the other side, will be taking Brighton on Saturday, January 2nd, by 17:30 GMT. You can get live updates on this and more EPL matches here.