The 24-year-old striker has endured his most difficult season yet at Old Trafford in a season the club as a collective was destined to forget
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the England international had to catch up after postponing shoulder surgery to play for the Three Lions Euro 2020which means that the operation finally came at the beginning of the First League Season. As a result, Rashford missed the early months of the campaign and only returned to match fitness in October, although his individual form has not come to life since.
With just five goals scored in all competitions, Rashford’s struggles on the pitch have fueled speculation about his future at the club. Away in the wake of the recent derby defeat Manchester City, reports surfaced that the 24-year-old should be “assessing his options” when it came to a potential change of scenery. Rashford has previously admitted he would not rule out testing himself and both FC abroad Barcelona and Paris St Germain were linked to his signature.
Accordingly ESPN, those close to United have suggested Rashford’s inability to influence games is starting to become a concern. The club’s trophy drought is set to continue for another season after being eliminated from all competitions and trailing Pep Guardiola’s City by 20 points.
In the wake of Champions League Loss to Atletico Madrid things turned sour outside of Old Trafford as a small section of United fans took their frustration out directly to Rashford, who appeared to react angrily.
Grainy footage of the Red Devils number 10 gesturing at fans was misinterpreted as something offensive by the striker, although he immediately made it clear with a statement on social media that this was not the case.
“Every story has two sides. A video can say more than a thousand words and in this case lead to inaccurate information being shared on social media. Guys, I’ve been harassed, threatened, questioned for weeks and last night my emotions got the better of me. I am a human. Reading and hearing this stuff about yourself every day, it wears you down. Nobody is more critical of my performance than I am.
“But what you see in this video is out of context. I was abused from the moment I set foot off the ground and the abuse wasn’t just aimed at my football. People were waiting for a reaction from me. The phones were ready. Of course I should have walked right by and ignored it, we should, right?
“I want to make two things clear. The first is what I actually said to the man who called me names, which is “come here and say it to my face” (a fact that safety can attest to) and second, the fact that I used my Index finger to direct the fan, ‘come over and say it to my face’. I wasn’t gesturing with my middle finger. I have no claim. That’s not ego. I am angry. I’m disappointed. And in that moment it was silly, but I was human.”
Such was Rashford’s decline that he was not included in the England squad for the final round of friendlies. Some figures at United are hoping the forward will use his time off to regain both form and fitness ahead of the final furlong of the league season.
Ralf Rangnick’s side are chasing fourth place to secure Champions League football next season but lie four points adrift in sixth place arsenal to have played one more game.
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