Manchester United legend Gary Neville was upset with Marcus Rashford as he went to a party shortly after derby thrashing
According to Sky Sports via YouTube (h/t Manchester Evening News), former Manchester United player Gary Neville criticised Marcus Rashford for partying after United were once again thrashed by neighbours Manchester City at home.
It was indeed a horrific result for our team and the players should have understood the emotions that every United supporter had to go through. Despite such instances, Rashford decided to go out and party that night.
Speaking on the issue, Neville admitted that he is not averse to players having a good time. However, he is right in stating that Rashford massively failed to reach the room with his actions. Here is what Neville said:
“I’m all for lads enjoying their lives, but that’s the night to have a takeaway, have a glass of wine, and bring your friends round. Just optically it’s not great if you’re seen out in a nightclub in Manchester after a derby loss.”
“I’m not sticking the knife in, I’m just saying I don’t think it’s the wisest decision. If you want to keep the hassle and media scrutiny away, if you want a more peaceful life, you have to make sensible decisions and not ask for trouble.”
The homegrown talent who is widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s most valuable players has only managed to score a single goal for the struggling Red Devils this season in the Premier League. He fired a blank once against City before heading off to party that night.
While one could argue that the English international had every right to celebrate his birthday as he saw fit, optics matter to those in the public eye. While we do not condone Rashford for enjoying his life, the timing could have been altered given that emotions were running high.
The Manchester United team did not include Rashford in their lineup for last Saturday’s match against Fulham. According to Erik ten Hag, the forward was not disciplined for celebrating his birthday. The Dutchman later stated that the Englishman was left out of the team that defeated Fulham 1-0 due to a minor injury and would have started had he been fine.
Numerous supporters and football analysts have called attention to the Englishman’s narrow-minded and self-centred antics in recent times. Rashford is skilled at getting past defenders and taking advantage of gaps in the left side of opposing channels but the end product is missing this season.
The 26-year-old is predictable, though, because he focuses too much on cutting inside and shooting for goals. Sometimes, when he has teammates in a better position to receive an assist and score, the England international behaves selfishly.
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However, Rashford needs to understand that he is a global celebrity and that a lot of young people look up to him. The England player needs to start making appearances and set a better example to the adoring fanbase.