Marcus Rashford has retracted claims that he was frustrated with starting Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham as a replacement, and insisted he felt nothing but pure relief from the result.
Rashford, who is slowly recovering from shoulder surgery, was dropped on the bench for the match when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had chosen a 3-5-2 formation to give his side more strength in the back, even though he went in for the last 20 minutes and managed to bring in his team’s third late.
Marcus Rashford strikes straight from the bench to put the game to bed
? A chorus of buo from Tottenham fans can be heard
? Watch the reaction live on Sky Sports Premier League pic.twitter.com/1UnrFlgQum
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 30, 2021
His celebration of the goal was somewhat subdued and kicked the ball into the net again before jogging away with his arms wide – an act that Owen Hargreaves claimed (via the Daily Mail) was a sign of “frustration” before Solskjaer’s decision to leave him off the starting line-up.
Rashford had none of that and later took to Twitter to reveal what he really thought during his celebration.
“Smoking on the boss ?!” he wrote. “We won the match.
“That celebration was pure relief! It’s been a tough week …”
The 24-year-old had started for United in his last match, the 5-0 loss against Liverpool, after which Solskjaer was under enormous pressure and each player was examined for a perceived lack of effort, talent or fitness – or all. of the above.
Fortunately for United, they came out with an emphatic response when they beat Tottenham 3-0, which led to Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo leaving early on Monday.
Nuno is now expected to be replaced by Inter boss Antonio Conte, who had been tipped to go to United should Solskjaer lose his job.