Marcus Rashford Stoppage Time Winner Stuns Wolves
Marcus Rashford scored in the third minute of stoppage time to stun Wolves, and ensure Manchester United finish 2020 in second place on the table, a mere two points behind defending champions Liverpool.
Two of the hallmarks of Sir Alex Ferguson’s title-winning machines was the ability to grind out a result, and to turn one point into three in the dying moments of a match. Against Wolves, United had only two shots on target in 90 minutes, but managed to snatch victory through showing willingness and desire to chase a result until the final moment.
Current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjae won six titles as a player, and his team are now showing signs of being molded in their managers image as thoughts now turn to a title challenge.
When United lost to Arsenal at home in November there were calls for the Norwegians head, however, the club has taken 23 points from a possible 27 and are finally playing in crucial fixtures over the Christmas period, which brought praise from the manager.
“We had a fantastic attitude, and it’s a great result. The desire to keep going and to create that little bit of luck, we earned that luck by desire to keep going. It’s a good way of ending the year.”
“We just focus on the next game. I am very boring, but we cannot get too far ahead of ourselves. We have got to a decent position at the moment, but the season hasn’t even reached halfway.
“We didn’t perform as well as we want to, but we won a game against a very difficult side to play against. It’s the first win in the league for me against them. There have never been many goals in the games, but for me, this is a big step forward — that you don’t play well but you win.”
“We’re a different outfit now. We’re better mentally and physically. That belief has come through performances, results and players we have on the pitch that can change games in a second.”
“We brought it up in preseason that we need to add more points towards the end of games, and we’ve done that a few times this season, as well. Physically, we last games more.”
With a win over Wolves meaning United go into 2021 just two points behind Liverpool the foundations have been laid for a title challenge, even if the manager won’t admit it.
“We have plenty to look forward to in 2021.”
“There’s no title race after 15 games,” he said. “You can lose the chance of being in a race in the first 10 games, of course you can; but play another 15 — get to 30 games — and maybe we can start talking about a title race.
“The belief is there, we’ve shown what we’re capable of and this result is massive for confidence,” concluded Solskjaer.