Marcus Rashford insisted Manchester United must not let their 7-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool slip away on Monday and urged his team-mates to “stick together”.
A week after winning the League Cup to end their six-year wait for silverware, United head to Merseyside on Sunday with confidence fueled by talk of a possible top-four finish.
But their faint hopes of a Premier League title were dashed at Anfield, matching their heaviest defeat yet.
Manager Erik ten Hag labeled United’s display as “unprofessional” after conceding six goals in a dreadful second-half display.
Rashford, United’s top scorer this season, said he is keen to get back on the pitch to put the result behind him.
“Want to play a game today to make things right,” the 25-year-old tweeted. “A result is a result, and we can’t see past it!”
“We have to not let it define our season. We have to trust the process and be together.”
Goalkeeper David de Gea described the result as “sad” and urged the players to look forward to a Europa League game against Real Betis on Thursday.
“It was a disastrous moment for us and these results shouldn’t happen, especially on the journey we’ve been on,” he tweeted.
“We have a duty to this club, a responsibility to show our badge, but we have a lot of opportunities going forward, a lot of games are going fast and we have to focus on that.”
England defender Luke Shaw has apologized to the club’s fans, saying the game was “inconvenient” and “disgraceful”.
He felt standards had dropped after a day when United beat Newcastle in the final to win the League Cup at Wembley.
“We have to find the good things we did in the past and bring them back because it’s very painful,” he told MUTV.
“What we did in the second half with mistakes is unacceptable.
“We didn’t show any personality, no mentality and we have to be good for a big team to come.”
The 27-year-old added: “We can’t let this result ruin our whole season because I think we’re in a really good place.”