Rashford says he is not sulking and has endless respect for United's coaches

Marcus Rashford has taken to Twitter to dispel any notion he is unhappy at Manchester United.

The Daily Mirror published a report earlier this week claiming that as many as 17 players are unhappy at Old Trafford.

Rashford was not named among them but there were four unnamed players in the report and the England international has obviously seen fit to comment.

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He posted a long message – as he has done plenty of times before – about the subject, underlining his commitment to the club and says he has ‘endless respect’ and commitment to the manager and coaching staff.

Rashford follows Fred in taking to social media to react after a week where United players have got it from all angle following the abject 1-0 loss to Wolves.

Fred was named in the report as a wantaway player, with reference made to his contract situation at Old Trafford, but like Rashford, he was clear that he wanted to stay.

Paul Pogba’s representatives have also made a statement claiming that he has not had a bumper contract offer on the table and that he is focused on his recovery.

Rashford and Fred will hope to be involved when United host Aston Villa on Monday night, looking to get back on track, but Pogba is of course a way off that.

Is hitting back at tabloid rumours the best course of action? Some will say no; that playing for United means you are set up for scrutiny and plenty of the things said about you will not be true.

That school of thought is that you stay quiet, not rising to the false rumours and get on with the job at hand.

But players have that platform now to issue that direct response to things which are written and read. In the examples of Fred and Rashford, they have decided to use it.

Ultimately, what matters most is performances on the pitch and Rashford acknowledged he has not been at his best in recent weeks, which is an accurate assessment of his displays.

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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.