Jamie Carragher says Marcus Rashford ‘was never the saint he was made out to be’ as he credits his ‘inner circle’ for ‘PR around him’… and suggests Man United ‘won’t win anything big’ with under-fire star as their best player
Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford was never ‘the saint he was made out to be’ in the wake of his ’12-hour tequila bender’ in Belfast last week and is not the player capable of Manchester United lead back to the top of English. soccer.
The England international called in sick on Friday and was subsequently fined £650,000 – two weeks’ wages – as details of his antics emerged.
Rashford was ‘clearly on a mission to get drunk’, according to reports from his night out in the Northern Irish city, and collapsed into bed at 3am, fully clothed.
While the United forward has since accepted responsibility for missing training last week, Carragher suggested the incident was not entirely surprising.
“I never believe he was this saint that he was made out to be, and this inner circle, I think they did a good job with Marcus – there was a lot of PR around him,” he said. Stick to Football podcast, sponsored by Sky Bet.
Marcus Rashford is enduring a miserable season at Manchester United and was fined two weeks’ wages after missing training last week
Jamie Carragher believes Man United forward was never ‘the saint he made himself out to be’ in wake of his ’12-hour tequila bender’ in Belfast
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“It set him up as if he was this guy who was almost going to save the world, when he’s just a young lad from Manchester, with a few pounds and a brilliant footballer.”
His decision to skip training is said to have angered his teammates with one source saying: ‘They couldn’t believe he would do it given the situation the club is in.’
United boss Erik ten Hag declared at the weekend that he would ‘deal with’ the issue and appeared determined to put an end to the matter with his side playing at Wolves on Thursday night.
Asked on Wednesday whether Rashford’s behavior showed a lack of respect for his manager, Ten Hag said: ‘Nothing to do with me, but in football you need discipline and that’s on the pitch but also off off the field.
It is the second time this season that he has upset Ten Hag by going to a nightclub – and it is believed that the club have been concerned about him since the autumn of 2021.
Ten Hag criticized him for partying on his 26th birthday hours after losing to Manchester City in October.
The two incidents are a stark contrast to the image Rashford developed in recent years when he received an MBE for his role in campaigning against child poverty.
Rashford’s partnership with food waste charity FareShare and using its platform to raise awareness for its campaign has raised more than £20m to support children missing out on free school meals.
Rashford was spotted entering Belfast nightclub Thompsons Garage earlier this week
Rashford went on a 12-hour bender in Belfast on Thursday after also being out the previous day
The United forward later lobbied the UK government on the issue of child poverty and his campaign helped force a Conservative U-turn on the extension of free school meals during the summer holidays.
In September 2020, Rashford set up the Child Food Poverty Task Force, an organization made up of a number of UK charities and businesses with the aim of ensuring that the aims of his campaign are met.
His work has also led to the government pledging more than £400m in a winter grant scheme at the end of 2020 to provide support with food and bills.
Speaking on the same podcast, Roy Keane echoed Carragher’s stance.
“I don’t think he (Marcus Rashford) was ever that perfect. The things he’s done off the field, he gets a lot of credit for,’ he said.
‘I never thought he had a halo above his head, but I don’t think for a minute that he’s some kind of nasty lad either.
“I think he definitely made some mistakes very close together. The profile of Manchester United, the fact that United are struggling, he is an easy target – obviously his decision-making at the moment is not very good.’
Rashford’s struggles off the pitch reflected his poor form on it.
After scoring a career-best 30 goals last season, he signed a new five-year deal worth £325,000-a-week in July, but has come nowhere near the heights he hit last term.
Rashford has scored just four goals in 26 games in all competitions this season, with half of those goals coming in the last two Premier League games.
By comparison, last season he became the first United player since Robin Van Persie in 2012-13 to score at least 30 goals in a single season.
To put his struggles into context, Rashford had already scored 18 goals at the same stage of the season a year ago.
And Carragher suggested the decline in performance suggests the England international is not quite the talismanic figure United need to regularly win silverware.
“I’ve always said this – if Rashford is Manchester United’s best player, which I’d probably say he is, I don’t think Manchester United can win anything big.
‘It’s not a criticism of him, I just think they probably need someone a level up – he’s almost that second or third guy in that front three.
‘There is so much pressure and scrutiny on him to be the man who gets the goals. I don’t think he’s quite good enough to be the Wayne Rooney or the Andy Cole or Dwight Yorke, but there’s nobody else there.’