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Marcus Rashford’s camp ‘unhappy’ with Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s comments

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Marcus Rashford’s camp ‘unhappy’ with Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s comments

Marcus Rashford scored for Manchester United against Leicester City, but the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains high following a humiliating 4-2 defeat.

 The Norwegian manager’s pre-match comments ahead of the trip to the East Midlands are said to have irritated Rashford’s camp.

Rashford has received widespread acclaim across the country for his efforts to alleviate child food insecurity and to press the government to extend free school meal vouchers during the pandemic.

The 23-year-old received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester earlier this month, and he was also awarded an MBE for his inspirational work last year.

But, in the run-up to the Leicester defeat, his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, raised eyebrows by suggesting that it was now time to focus on football in order to meet the demands of playing at the highest level for club and country.

“He is coming into the best age for a footballer and he’s got a challenge on his hands here at Manchester United – and has a challenge on his hands to play for England,” Solskjaer said.

“Marcus has done some remarkable and fantastic things. “But now he maybe needs to prioritise his football.”

After missing the first two months of the season, Rashford returned to score United’s equalizer as the Red Devils eventually succumbed at the King Power Stadium.

Those in the England international’s camp are said to be particularly irritated by Solskjaer’s remarks.

According to The Athletic, Rashford’s team believes he couldn’t be more committed to his football career after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Those close to Rashford are also aware that Solskjaer meant no harm, but are ‘upset’ that he brought up the forward’s priorities ahead of his return.

Rashford has been a key member of Solskjaer’s squad since he took over, and his return has come as a welcome relief amid the growing scrutiny he is facing.

Meanwhile, after United was defeated for the fourth time in seven games, Rashford admitted that they were ‘not good enough.’

“Not the result we wanted on my return,” Rashford tweeted after the game.

“Happy to get the goal but the performance as a whole was just not good enough today. 

“It felt great to be back but we have to rebound from this. 

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the scoresheet so all eyes are now on Wednesday.”

Rashford is expected to play against Atalanta in a crucial Champions League group stage match on Wednesday.

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s in-form Liverpool will pay a visit to Old Trafford in what will be Solskjaer’s toughest test of the season.

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Marcus Rashford’s camp ‘unhappy’ with Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s comments

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