Jason McAteer Believes Manchester United's League Position Is 'False'

Tanya Simon
January 15, 2021

But Rashford, during an interview after he received the Football Writers' Association 2021 Tribute Award on Thursday, said the reason why United were getting plenty of penalties was down to their attack-minded approach rather than some sort of bias on the part of match officials.

Of course, the Switzerland global has done it in the past when he was subbed in with 20 minutes remaining against United back in December 2018 before going on to score twice.

"If his intention was the former, then I've got no time for that".

"There is no way you are going to let somebody take the ball off you, so for me it is just a case of us wanting to score goals and the teams wanting to defend goals - penalties can happen".

United are top of the Premier League table, three points clear of reigning champions Liverpool with the clubs set to meet at Anfield on Sunday.

"You'd have to spend a lot of money on getting someone who is better than what Liverpool now have available to them, and then when Van Dijk returns and Gomez comes back, what are you going to do with the player you spent big money on?"

But when it comes to a real push, with four or five games to go, I still see it being Liverpool and Manchester City as the two challengers, and that's even if United manage to get a result at Anfield on Sunday.

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Rashford joked that Manchester United's players were always shouting for penalties in training, but dismissed any suggestion they did not deserve the spot-kicks they had won.

McAteer then said United will drop off as the season progresses and it'll be Manchester City who challenge Liverpool at the summit.

They hold a three-point cushion over second placed Liverpool after Tuesday's success at Burnley - a far cry from the 30-point gap the Reds had opened up over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side when they last met in January 2020.

Liverpool badly need to get that zest back into their play, the intensity they had for so long but have been lacking now for a few weeks.

According to the same story, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and West Ham have all been linked with a potential interest in the experienced Manchester United midfielder.

Rashford was being honoured by the FWA in recognition of his campaign to end child food poverty, having lobbied the United Kingdom government into a U-turn over its free school meals policy in England during the first national coronavirus lockdown.

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