Solskjaer rages at reaction to his suggestion that Marcus Rashford must ‘prioritise football’

Ole comes out fighting: Solskjaer hits out at ‘making headlines out of one little comment’ over his suggestion that Marcus Rashford must ‘prioritise football’, which ‘left the Man United star’s camp unhappy’

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently told Marcus Rashford to focus on his football
  • The United boss’s remarks reportedly left those in Rashford’s camp unhappy
  • Solskjaer has now hit out at the reaction to the comments he made last week 











Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at the reaction to his remarks last week where he told Marcus Rashford to ‘prioritise football’.

Speaking prior to Manchester United’s 4-2 defeat by Leicester last week, Solskjaer said of Rashford: ‘You know what he has done off the pitch as well because he has done some fantastic things, and now it is time to maybe prioritise his football and focus on football.’

Rashford made his comeback from a shoulder injury in the game against Leicester and scored United’s second goal. Now, at a press conference ahead of United’s Champions League encounter against Atalanta, Solskjaer backtracked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at the reaction to his remarks about Marcus Rashford

‘Just to get the elephant out of the room — we are so unbelievably proud of what Marcus [Rashford] has done on and off the pitch,’ he said.

‘You know what I said and you made a headline out of one little comment I never intended to be the focus of what I was saying.’

Solskjaer’s clarification comes after it was reported how his comments had irked people close to Rashford.

The Athletic said that however positive Solskjaer may have been when discussing Rashford’s situation, his comments have only frustrated figures close to the England international.

Rashford was widely praised for his work in attempting to end child food poverty in the UK, efforts which saw him awarded with an MBE last year. 

He was also able to force a U-turns from the government on free school meals. 

Manchester United coach Solskjaer (left) told Rashford 'it's time to prioritise football'

Manchester United coach Solskjaer (left) told Rashford ‘it’s time to prioritise football’

Rashford has been praised for his charity work (pictured at a foodbank in October 2020)

Rashford has been praised for his charity work (pictured at a foodbank in October 2020)

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