“There’s a pundit called Jamie Carragher who once said on Monday Night Football that he thought Marcus Rashford should leave Manchester United to further his career,” said a cheeky Gary Neville on Sky Sports.
“I disagreed with him at the time, I don’t always get them right by the way I just thought that when he gets them wrong I might as well promote it.”
On a more serious note, the Red Devils legend analyzed why the former Liverpool man said what he said.
Neville continued: “I didn’t think he should leave Manchester United but I could see why people were thinking that, it felt like it was all too much with the local pressure that you come under as a local player
“He wasn’t playing well, his confidence had gone, and all that enormous off-the-pitch achievement that he was going through as well with the free school meals and fighting for the rights of vulnerable young people.”
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Gary added: “It just felt that it was all too much and maybe the distraction between the off-pitch and on-pitch or marrying them together because you don’t want him to lose the off-pitch stuff it’s valuable to him and it’s valuable to society but also he is a football player and he is getting judged on both.
“He had to get the balance between the two and I feel as if he has got that peace now.”
Rashford fought for plenty of social issues concerning children during the Covid-19 lockdown. That coupled with an injury and surgery all made things difficult for the forward.
However, he’s bounced back to form under Erik ten Hag this term, with 23 goals to his name across competitions