Marcus Rashford posts long emotional message after decision to undergo surgery

Marcus Rashford has given his thoughts on the decision to miss the start of Manchester United’s season to have surgery on a shoulder injury.

The club confirmed the news yesterday and Rashford could be out until the end of October.

Rashford says that nobody knows his body better than him and that the injury stopped him being at his best at times last season.

The England forward posted a detailed message on Twitter and Instagram expressing his feelings.

Rashford doing the right thing

There might be some United fans frustrated that Rashford went to the Euros at all.

It was reported earlier this month that United medical staff told England it would be better for Rashford if he didn’t go.

But when the opportunity to play at a major international tournament comes around, it’s hard to say no. You want to be part of it.

And though Rashford has suggested he didn’t play a significant part for England – he didn’t start a game – he was part of a squad which enjoyed such a special summer.

Gareth Southgate’s side went further than any England team since 1966. How would Rashford have felt at home watching that, knowing he could have been part of it? He made the right call to take part.

He played through the pain for his club and then for his country. But now he needs a rest and time to properly recover from this injury so he can come back at his absolute best.

Alex Telles responded to Rashford’s message with a show of support, along with a host of former United players.

Angel Gomes, Demetri Mitchell, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and DJ Buffonge all showed Rashford some love.

United will be without Rashford for the start of the season, but they should get the best version of him from November onwards. It’s a worthwhile trade off.

Rashford has been playing through injuries since January 2020, when he suffered a back problem against Wolves. Now is the time for him to sort his fitness issues and come back even stronger.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.