Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be uncomfortable with the energy and time Marcus Rashford spends on his philanthropy and suchlike activities. The manager said "Marcus has done some remarkable and fantastic things but now he maybe needs to prioritise his football."
Marcus Rashford has bagged several awards including a recent honorary doctorate degree because of his commitment to philanthropy. Much as Ole salutes such commitment and it's attendant accolades, he feels the Englishman will be better served if he focuses on his football more.
Solskjaer said: "He is coming into the best age for a footballer and he's got a challenge on his hands here at Manchester United - and has a challenge on his hands to play for England."
Much as I appreciate the concerns of the manager, I don't think feeding poor children and pursuing such causes off the field will hurt Rashford's career. He may need to set up an office to run these things so he can give more time to his career but it doesn't sound right to shelve such a laudable initiative entirely in the name of focus.
Other players like Christiano Ronaldo seem to have found the right balance between staying extremely focused on football and sponsoring multiple charities or even floating businesses. Rashford can do the same. If this is what the manager meant then he will have no argument with me. But if he meant that the whole thing should be halted, then I couldn't agree less with that!
Marcus Rashford has been exceptional for Manchester United but he has been sidelined since the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury he had while playing for England in Euro 2020.
Recall that Marcus Rashford was blamed for Manchester United's defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final for allegedly missing the team's best chances in that final. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is however very optimistic that with time, Rashford is going to soar again. Meanwhile Marcus is set to return to action for Manchester United today against Leicester City.
In spite of fears in some quarters that off field activities are sapping the striker of his energy, Marcus Rashford's professionalism, passion and talent have never been in doubt. I have a reasonable cause to believe that he will continue to flourish and grow as a footballer going forward.
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