Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says it is “nice” to have jumped to fourth place in the Premier League table following a 1-0 win over West Ham. But the forward nodded to Arsenal and Tottenham, who are hot on their tails and have as many as three games in hand.
The Red Devils are caught in a fierce battle for the final Champions League spot and Rashford’s stoppage-time winner against the Hammers was a major boost.
However, Rashford is not getting carried away with his club’s position in the table as Tottenham are two points behind with three games in hand, while Arsenal are a further point back with two games to catch up on.
“It is obviously an important goal and such late on is an amazing feeling,” Rashford told Match of the Day.
“We have to use that winning feeling. We could have been a bit better on the ball but managed to get the goal we needed and can use that as motivation now.
“When there are two teams so close together in the table, both are fighting to be in front of one another and today we managed to get there.
“We are sitting fourth now, some teams have games to play, but it is nice to be in that position.
“The wins are what’s important, when you get wins, consecutive wins, you can really start to go on a run and that is what gives everyone confidence.
“We have had a difficult week, there have been many games in one week, so the break is needed. It’ll be good for us.”
Rashford, who was introduced just after the hour mark to replace Anthony Elanga, tweeted “Fergieee timeeeee” with a photo of his celebration after the match.
His goal had United boss Ralf Rangnick delighted with replicating the late drama that Old Trafford had become accustomed to.
“If you score in the last second of the game that is the best type of wins, a clean sheet,” Rangnick told Sky Sports.
“I think in the end we deserved to win. It takes patience to play West Ham.
“A few moments at the end I wished we would have passed the ball instead of shooting from wherever.
“Bearing in mind we played a few days ago against Brentford, the team looked physically good. We knew it would take patience, the way we played defensively, won balls back, I was really happy with that.
“I am very pleased the three subs prepared the goal and scored the goal. All were involved.
“That makes it even more important. I would love to have those two points from Villa Park, but with 17 points now we are pleased.”