Marcus Rashford Appears To Be Ushered Away By Security While Attempting To Confront Angry Fans
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Marcus Rashford attempted to approach angry Manchester United fans following the club's elimination from the Champions League. Check out the footage below.
United were dumped out of the competition on Tuesday evening after a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid on the night and 2-1 defeat on aggregate.
Rashford came off the bench as United searched for an equaliser, but he failed to make an impact.
Post-match, United fans watched the players board the team coach and one shouted: "After that performance!" towards Rashford.
The 24-year-old then turned around and walked in the direction of the fans.
Members of staff, one in an official UEFA hi-vis, then looked to have a chat with Rashford who continued walking to the team bus.
Rashford has since responded to the video on Twitter and you can read his statement in full below.
There are 2 sides to every story. pic.twitter.com/Xl2PRyaX2c— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) March 16, 2022
He said: "A video can paint a thousand words and in this case lead to inaccurate info being shared on social media. Guys for weeks I've been heckled, threatened, questioned and last night my emotion got the better of me. I'm a human being.
"Reading and hearing that stuff about yourself every day it wears you down. No one is more critical of my performance than me. But what you see in this video lacks context. I had been heckled from the minute I stepped foot outside the ground, abuse not just aimed at my football. People were looking for a reaction from me. Phones were at the ready.
"Of course | should have walked straight past and ignored it, that's what we're supposed to do right?
"I want to clarify 2 things. The first being what I actually said to the man throwing abuse at me which 'come over here and say it to my face' (a fact security can back up) and secondly, the fact I used my forefinger to direct the fan to 'come over and say it to my face'. I did not gesture with my middle finger.
"I'm not entitled. This isn't ego. I'm upset. I'm disappointed. And in that moment it was silly but I was being human."
It's been a disappointing campaign for the England international, who has only registered five goals in all competitions.
Rashford has been one of United's most important players since breaking into the first team back in 2016.
United started the game well and disrupted Atletico Madrid's defensive shape.
Anthony Elanga had a glorious chance to open the scoring, but his close range effort was saved by the head of Jan Oblak.
Atletico had the ball in the back of the net through Joao Felix, but he was correctly ruled outside.
That was a warning to United, who have found clean sheets hard to come by in 2022.
Renan Lodi would put the reigning La Liga champions ahead in the 41st minute with a lovely header.
The second half saw Diego Simeone's side turn the contest into a battle of attrition, exactly how he'll have wanted it.
Jadon Sancho had United's best chance of the second half, firing his volley high and wide into the Stretford End.
Defeat means United will definitely finish the season without a trophy for a fifth consecutive year.
It's their longest trophy drought in 40 years and goalkeeper David de Gea looked emotional at full-time.
"Of course it's not good enough," he told BT Sport. "It's hard for the club, for us and the fans. It's really hard. This is where we are at the moment. It's a difficult situation. We have to keep fighting. I feel very sad. But we were not good enough.
"We are really disappointed with the result. It's difficult to put into words how we feel now at the moment. We did not enough in both games to win it. It's a very disappointing day for us. They are a team with a lot of experience. They know how to play those Champions League games."
United are currently fifth in the Premier League, one point behind Arsenal who have three games in hand.
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Topics: Marcus Rashford, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Champions League