Manchester United released a statement this morning on Marcus Rashford. First, the club announced that the 23-year-old is set for surgery on an apparent shoulder injury that he suffered before the end of the season. Rashford then took his words to Instagram to explain his injury and why he decided to continue to play through it.
"I didnt want to let anyone down but ultimately looking at some of my performances towards the end of the season I felt like I was. When I step on the pitch I always give my 100%. Physically my 100% wasnt possible."Marcus Rashford on Instagram
Heading into the 20/21 season, Rashford had just recovered from a stress fracture back injury. He began the season without much rest, which resulted in this shoulder injury that requires an operation. Despite all of this, the English striker played 57 total games this past season and contributed to 36 goals. However, fans criticized Marcus for his decline towards the end of the season, which saw United lose both the League title and the Europa League final. In his Instagram post, Rashford mentions that contributing to the 36 goals was important, but not as important as walking away with¨the lessons learnt¨.
¨It´s been a hard one but I´m coming back physically and mentally stronger. Thank you for all of the kind messages.¨Rashford to the fans on Instagram
Choosing EURO 2020 over surgery
Before thanking his fans for all the support, Marcus Rashford hinted that he might have chosen surgery instead to be ready for the upcoming season if he had known his role at the Euros.
¨On hindsight, if I had of known I wouldn’t have played a significant role in the Euros, would I have gone? Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it…¨Marcus Rashford
Rashford was selected for the Euros by manager Gareth Southgate. However, the Man United player played zero matches as a starter, scored zero goals from a total of one shot, and missed a crucial penalty in the EURO 2020 final against Italy, which led to racial abuse towards Marcus and a couple of other English players. Now, Rashford will focus on recovering from his current injury, keeping him off the pitch until October. 12 weeks until United fans can enjoy Marcus Rashford again.