Marcus Rashford forward has called on Manchester United fans to still have faith with the team following their Europa League final slump to Villarreal.
The Red Devils had a night to forget in Gdansk after an epic penalty shootout which ended 11-10 in the favor of Villarreal.
But Rashford insists United fans should have faith in the club’s progress this season.
“People say a lot about Man Utd going downhill, blah, blah, blah, blah but for me, the club, desire, hunger, talent, ability, the squad, we have everything to compete at the highest level. We just have to show it to the world and ourselves, show why we belong in the top places and why we need to win finals like this.
“Second doesn’t count for nothing. Manchester City win the league, we finished second. Doesn’t mean nothing. Villarreal won the Europa League, we finished second. For us it’s nothing. I don’t want to here ‘they were so close’ because it means nothing. One winner, one loser. Today we lost. We have to find out why and make sure next time we don’t lose.
“I’m 100% sure [we can compete because of] sacrifice. To win big trophies you have to show sacrifice. I could walk you into the dressing room and show you five, six, seven players – and me – who have had injuries from the start of the season. We all stayed and fought to be successful for the club.
“We have to go away and clear our heads. When we come back we start fresh.
“When Ole came in we had a process. We believe in the process. Part of the process is ups and downs. Just because we lose today I promise the fans no chance we give up.
“We will come back next season with more desire and hunger. We have to give 110%.
“I know in every club they don’t have this sacrifice. In the top clubs they do. That’s why they win trophies.
“We’re close, I promise we’re close.”