- Rashford was dismissed after Man Utd lost to FC Copenhagen in the Champions League midweek.
- After scoring only once in 15 appearances in 2023/24, the 26-year old is in the spotlight.
- Gareth Southgate, England’s manager says the struggles of his clubs have nothing to do him
Gareth Southgate said he felt Marcus Rashford’s tackle on FC Copenhagen was deserving of a yellow card, but that his struggles with Manchester United have “nothing” to do him.
Despite only scoring once this season in all 15 games across competitions, the 26-year old was named to England’s 25-player squad on Thursday.
Rashford’s season got worse when on Wednesday he received a red card straight away for serious misconduct. This was at a moment when United led 2-0 and were heading towards an important Champions League victory.
United lost the match 4-3 in Copenhagen after conceding late Lukas Bardghji and Roony bardghji goals. They now have a tough road to climb to reach the knockout stage after falling to the bottom of Group A.
Southgate, when asked about Rashford and his tough season at Manchester United he told the media that the VAR decision was correct in regard to the tackle. However, he declined to comment on the struggles he continues to face at Old Trafford.
“He’s unlucky. Southgate said to the media: “I think it is a redcard, the final action turns him into a football player.” Everyone knows that he was trying to get across the ball, and protect it. This is just really sad.
Marcus Rashford looks dejected after being given his marching orders / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages
Then he continued, “Rashford knows that we love him.” We’re very happy about him because he’s done exceptionally well in the last three matches he’s played for us. I don’t have anything to say about him because he enjoys playing football for us.
What happens in his club has nothing to do me.
Southgate also answered his usual question on Harry Maguire who started United’s six last games since Erik ten Haag dropped him. The 30-year old has been impressive on the whole. He conceded a controversial penalty midweek, but Englands manager was pleased to see that his position is improving.
Southgate said, “It is great.” I thought this might be the first time that he wouldn’t receive a question.
You want to see your club players enjoying themselves, and this player is fighting for his team. “I’m so happy for him.”