Marcus Rashford news: Manchester United striker opens up on ‘reckless tackle’ in his first Anfield visit

Looking back at his season, Marcus Rashford has responded to these criticisms by saying that he is normally an “introvert,” who does not talk much about himself.

Marcus Rashford in a file photo for Manchester United, Credit: Twitter/@ManUtd
By Karthik Raman | Mar 2, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Marcus Rashford has responded to criticism of his performances this season by opening up about his love for Manchester United. The English international is not the same player he was last campaign, as he is struggling to get back to his previous best. He has been a shadow of his usual self and has not been able to make the same impact he did last term. Having said that in recent weeks, Rashford has started to turn things around by regularly providing the goods for the team in key moments.

I’m not a perfect person: Marcus Rashford

Looking back at his season, Marcus Rashford has responded to these criticisms by saying that he is normally an “introvert,” who does not talk much about himself. “I don’t normally like to respond to things said about me. It’s not in my nature. I’m an introvert. I don’t even like talking about myself, unless I really know you. So 99% of the time, I can ignore the noise. But sometimes, certain lines get crossed, and I can’t help but want people to just understand who I am as a person,” he told The Players’ Tribune.

The Manchester United striker added: “Listen, I’m not a perfect person. When I make a mistake, I’ll be the first one to put my hand up and say that I need to do better. But if you ever question my commitment to Man United, that’s when I have to speak up. It’s like somebody questioning my entire identity, and everything I stand for as a man. I grew up here. I have played for this club since I was a boy. My family turned down life-changing money when I was a kid so I could wear this badge.”

Marcus Rashford on his “reckless tackle”

Rashford, who made his United debut in February 2016, stated that how he is still a fan, as he recollected an incident of his first Anfield visit when he made a “reckless” tackle on former Liverpool midfielder James Milner. “Deep down, when I look around before every kick-off, I’m still a fan. I can’t get that out of my blood. I’ll never forget the first time I ever played at Anfield, and I felt that atmosphere of United vs. Liverpool from the pitch, and I heard the whistle go and the roar of the crowd, I had so much adrenaline that I almost got sent off early in the match,” the 26-year-old stated.

He added: “I love James Milner, but I sprinted straight at him and flew in for a reckless tackle, because I just had so much emotion going through me — not as a United player, but as a United fan who just happened to be out on the pitch against Liverpool. I remember coming home and telling my family, ‘We need to get this under control right now. I need to find a way to take the fan part out of me, or else I’m going to get sent off every game’.”

The English international stated that he is capable of handling any amount of criticism. However, he has a message for those who questions his commitment to Manchester United. “I can take any criticism. I can take any headline. From podcasts, social media and the papers. I can take it. But if you start questioning my commitment to this club and my love for football and bringing my family into it, then I’d simply ask you to have a bit more humanity,” he explained.

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