Marcus Rashford defends Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Marcus Rashford has launched a passionate defence of his former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who lost his job on Sunday.
Solskjaer’s final match in charge was a 4-1 Premier League defeat at Watford last Saturday and after that game, the Norwegian faced heavy criticism from Man United’s travelling support.
Marcus Rashford: “Ole deserves huge respect.”
While the frustrated fanbase have since shown their love for the Norwegian, it’s clear that most felt it was time for him to go. A run of one Premier League win in seven matches included humiliations at the hands of arch-rivals Liverpool and Manchester City but Rashford has expressed the opinion that the players are to blame and not Solskjaer.
“Ole is Man United at heart,” the 24-year-old said on Saturday’s episode of Football Focus. “Nobody could ever say that he’s not. For me, the respect that he deserves is huge. Not just from us, from the fans as well.”
When Solskjaer approached the fans at the end of the Watford game, Rashford’s teammate Bruno Fernandes was seen to gesture to them that the whole team is to blame and not just the manager and this is something that Rashford agrees with.
?️ “Fans sometimes blame the manager.”
?️ “The manager can’t play for us.”
Marcus Rashford reflected on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
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“Ole will never lose my respect.”
“When Bruno was on the pitch and telling the fans ‘it’s not just him, it’s all of us,’ that’s important as well,” the England forward adds.
“I feel like fans, sometimes, blame the manager. The manager can’t play for us. He can’t set us up in the best way that he feels possible. Our job is to do them instructions and do what we’re good at as well and try and win games.
“Now it didn’t happen for us in that game but it’s not right to blame the manager. I was in the tunnel at the time but I was happy when I saw online that Bruno had done that because it sends a message that even though things weren’t going well for us and for Ole and the team, we still respect him.
“Respect is a big thing and it goes a long way. Ole will never lose my respect.”
Rashford’s return form injury has been one of the few positive points of the season for Man United, with the striker scoring twice in his first three Premier League games while adding another in the Champions League against Atalanta.
Solskjaer’s task of managing the team has been passed over to Michael Carrick, with Ralf Rangnick reportedly waiting in the wings to take charge until the end of the season.