Marcus Rashford is biting the Manchester United hand that feeds him

After a campaign of underwhelming performances, Marcus Rashford is in the spotlight at Manchester United once again.

Less than 24 hours after United’s 4-1 mauling at the hands of City, it is suggested by Fabrizio Romano that Rashford’s camp has leaked he is considering leaving the club.

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Rashford’s contract expires in 2023, and while this does include an option to extend to 2024, Rashford ‘wants clarity’ on his future.

The Guardian‘s report claims Rashford’s principle concern is his lack of minutes. At the weekend he was on the bench against City despite Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani being out, and Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial no longer being options.

Frustrated? Fair enough. But this shows a remarkable lack of tact. Romano’s initial tweet on the issue claimed Rashford is ‘always professional’, and yet, this shows the opposite.

Rashford is United’s golden boy, a player who has been a model professional on and off the pitch, but this season on the pitch at least, he has let himself down.

Now these leaks serve to hurt United off the pitch too. He is biting the hands which feeds him, with United giving him every opportunity he has had in his career so far.

Take responsibility

Rashford has started just two of United’s last 11 games. Yet, for Rashford to be annoyed shows a remarkable lack of accountability.

When he has started games in 2022, he has been among the worst players on the pitch. His performance away at Atletico Madrid was atrocious.

He is going backwards fast, and needs to sort out his own form. He needs to look inwards, and not outwards. Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has backed him publicly. The reason he has not been getting game time is because his performances have been appalling.

There is a short-sightedness in play too. Yes, United are in limbo right now due to not having a permanent manager, and the players need to recognise this.

Show some patience, and wait until the summer to make decisions. Work with the new boss, and fight to impress him.

Rashford surely doesn’t want to leave United, and ideally the club will keep him and get him back to his best. But it can’t continue like this.

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If he walks out the door, there won’t be tears from United fans, instead a sorry shake of the head. What has happened to the player who has scored more than 40 goals combined in the past two seasons?

This season Rashford has only five goals. He has to take responsibility for that and nobody else, and not lay it at the door of the club.

His contract situation does need sorting out, but this can come with his form. If he steps up his performances, United will show a lot more urgency to tie him down to a longer term deal.

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