“First, I think that the media have to let him in peace and rest”, Van Gaal said of the teenager.
Per Jacob Murtagh of the Daily Mirror, he said he values titles over Champions League qualification, but the latter is the team’s main goal: “I think everybody wants to win but they can not always win”.
Rashford produced another solid display as United eked out a 1-0 win against Watford in midweek – just the third senior appearance of his career, but a match followed by talk of a Euro 2016 place. The victories against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, Midtjylland in the Europa League, and Arsenal and Watford in the Premier League have breathed new life into United’s campaign.
“I give every match my opinion about the match to my players, so I help them to answer your questions. It is positive. I think Martial can play, Darmian can play and maybe Smalling – we’ll wait and see”.
Leicester and Tottenham now hold the top two places in the table and Ranieri criticised talk of a split on Friday, saying: “It’s good that there is a big competition, and you have to deserve (to be in) the Champions League”.
“It’s never too early”, the United manager told reporters on Friday in reference to Rashford, who was voted United player of the month for February. I have said a lot of times, age is not important.
He said: “We have fantastic groundsmen, so we have trained without snow on the pitch, so it was good weather to play and to train in”.
“It was not the prettiest game we’ve played this season, but we needed the points, especially because our rivals didn’t win their games”, said Mata, who captained United for the first time.
“We are Manchester United, we don’t give up and we have to keep going until the end (in the race for Champions League qualification)”. You’ve seen how [Marcos] Rojo was struggling.
Rashford topped the scoring charts for United’s Under 18s past year, having found the net on 13 occasions in 25 starts.
Rashford, who scored a double on his Premier League debut against Arsenal last weekend, could feature for United on Sunday, as they continue their quest for a top-four finish against West Brom away from home.
He has become more of a first-ream regular this season, earning the trust of Diego Simeone with a string of dynamic displays.