Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford has said the club never had this “togetherness” two years ago in their Europa League opener as he praised the team’s performance on Thursday night.
The Red devils managed to secure a 1-0 win over Astana in the Group L campaign after Mason Greenwood scored only goal of the tie.
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The 17-year-old scored his first senior goal to lead Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United past the Kazakh visitors at Old Trafford.
United were far from their best as Solskjaer named a youthful XI, but Rashford said he was happy with what he saw at Old Trafford.
“It wasn’t the best performance but there was a lot of good stuff, they’re tough to break down,” Rashford said after match.
“If I look back to two years ago, I don’t think the team had the togetherness to come through a game like that.
“Everyone expects it to be easy but the opposition have come to win so it’s always tough.”
Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot was also in the starting line-up as United named their youngest XI in a Europa League or Champions League game since December 2012.
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It was Dalot’s first appearance of the season after injury postponed the start of the 20-year-old’s campaign at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, it was all about team-mate Greenwood, who is set to take on more responsibility this term following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.
“He’s been working hard,” Dalot said. “Mason, [Tahith] Chong, Angel [Gomes], the kids, myself, are working hard for this moment. He helped us today and I’m so happy for his goal.”
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On United’s young players, Dalot added: “I think this club is all about that – if you’re good enough you’re old enough, that’s another thing we want to keep in this club. If we keep working hard, I think Ole will give us a chance.”
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