Gary Neville hands Marcus Rashford a warning about his future and tells him to ‘calm down’ after multiple night-out incidents in recent months for Man United’s star man
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has issued a warning to Marcus Rashford after reports emerged of the forward’s night out in Belfast ahead of the club’s FA Cup clash with Newport County.
The England forward was left out of the squad for Sunday’s game after Erik ten Hag revealed he was too ill to play, before reports from The Sun claimed he was out in Belfast until 3am on Friday morning.
The player is believed to have called in sick after an all-day drinking session, which is thought to have raised concerns among club staff that the player’s lifestyle was affecting his playing career.
But despite impressive form last season which helped United end their trophy drought, he has since struggled this term after signing a new £325,000-a-week deal.
He is now reportedly fined around £650,000 – two weeks’ wages – as a result of his antics, and Neville has warned the player to be ‘careful’ and to focus on his football.
Gary Neville has offered advice to Marcus Rashford following reports of a 12-hour night out in Belfast
United’s coaching staff are believed to be concerned that Rashford’s lifestyle is affecting his form
Rashford was seen entering a nightclub late at night, and reportedly asked if there were any clubs that would stay open past 3am if he paid them enough money
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“For me, going out for a drink or going out for a night out is something that every footballer will do and should do, so I have no problem with that,” Neville told BBC Breakfast. ‘They should enjoy themselves.
‘It’s just about choices and timing. Manchester United have just had a winter break. They had a few weeks off so there was a better moment for him to choose to go out. I would say go out and have your moment where you relax with your friends, but your timing has to be right.
“Marcus himself knows – he’s an experienced player now, we’re not talking about a young lad – but he’s done it a few times in the last few months.”
Rashford faced criticism earlier this season after allegedly partying late into the night following a defeat to Manchester City in the Manchester derby in October, as reported by The Telegraph.
The incident took place on his 26th birthday, although his manager, Ten Hag, was quick to criticize his actions.
As such, Neville was understandably quick to point out that the player will not want to allow his off-field activities to color his personality or reputation.
Rashford is one of the most loved figures in English football due to his generosity and hard work with charities, particularly in his campaign for young children to help provide food to school children, which has earned him widespread acclaim and praise.
Neville added: ‘I’ve always seen Marcus as really responsible, a good professional and someone who works hard every day. I know he’s going through a dip in form at this point in time, but it’s happened twice and it can become your personality sometimes if you’re not careful.
‘If you do that too many times, people might start saying, “what’s going on in his life?” He just needs to relax, calm down, choose when to go out and get back to playing football at the levels we know he can.’
After the highlights of last season, when he scored around 30 goals in all competitions, he has struggled to replicate that form with just four in 2023-24.
As Neville points out, the timing of his final night out in Belfast comes after the club had played just two games in January before Sunday’s win.
Rashford reported to United training on Monday to hold scathing talks with Ten Hag and director of football John Murtough over his recent actions, with the club stressing that the forward had ‘taken responsibility for his actions’ which had been ‘dealt with internally’ .
A report in The Sun claims Rashford collapsed in bed fully clothed at 3am on Friday, hours before calling in sick to United after an all-day drinking session.
A waitress who claims she was invited by the England star on Thursday said Rashford was so drunk at the end of the night that he dropped a wad of cash in front of her in his five-star hotel room, moments before she was forced to to sit him to bed after passing out.
Rashford visited Larne FC before going on a 12-hour bender in Belfast last week
Talk to The sunaforementioned waitress Sarah Adair claimed Rashford, who is paid £325,000 a week, invited her on the ‘strange’ night out in Belfast in which she said he was ‘clearly on a mission to get drunk’.
The footballer, who had dinner with his childhood sweetheart fiancée Lucia Loi in November months after they split, was also allegedly seen arguing with a French woman at a nightclub later.
Rashford’s behavior is said to have angered his team-mates with one source saying: ‘They couldn’t believe he would do that given the situation the club is in.’
His antics aren’t just limited to nights out and partying, having notably been ditched by Ten Hag before after turning up late to a game against Wolves.