Marcus Rashford Believes that United’s 1-1 draw at home against fellow top-four rivals Chelsea was their turning point of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men have endured a disappointing campaign after failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League finishing sixth in the table.
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The stalemate against Chelsea was a killer blow to United’s hope of Champions League qualification as it left them three points behind the Blues with only two games left in the season.
United took the early lead through Juan Mata’s 12th-minute strike only to be later cancelled out by Marcos Alonso who was gifted the goal courtesy of a David De Gea howler.
And, Rashford insists that fan’s outlook on the season would have been different had United grabbed all three points against Chelsea despite a poor start to the season.
“It [the season] started rubbish and then midway through it got a little bit better and then it was hugely disappointing at the end,” he told talkSPORT.
“We have to look at it from a wider perspective. If you looked at the league table in December, there was no way you could put us in question for top four. Not a chance.
“Two months later we’re fighting to get into fourth place and maybe even third place and we fell short right at the very end.”
He added: “The Chelsea game was very tight and if we had won that game, it would have been seen as a successful season considering where we were in December. It’s fine margins.”
The Red Devils suffered one of the poorest endings to the season in their history managing only two winds in the last 12 games of the campaign after a record-breaking during the early days of the new year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been heavily scrutinised for not delivering on the promise but Rashford believes that the Norwegian is still the right man for the job.
“It’s hard to take because we worked hard to get back in the mix and it’s difficult for us,
“However, for us now we can almost hit the reset button. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] can do what he wants in the summer and we can all come back and work the way he wants us to work.
“It was difficult him coming in mid-season I think we had a game within two days of him taking charge so he couldn’t get many of his points across.
“It’s now about pressing that reset button because we know where this club belongs and as players it’s our job to take us back to where we belong.”