What Man Utd fan shouted to Marcus Rashford during angry Old Trafford warm-up incident revealed

Marcus Rashford was given an ultimatum by a disgruntled Manchester United supporter ahead of their 3-2 win at home to Newcastle.

Rashford, 26, was targeted during the warm-up before making his 41st appearance of what’s been an underwhelming season for the England international, scoring just eight goals. As Rashford and his fellow substitutes went through a drill in the bottom right-hand corner of the Old Trafford pitch facing the Stretford End, a fan is understood to have made his way down several rows of seats before telling the forward: “If you wanna go, go!”

The supporter made reference to the growing rumors over Rashford’s whereabouts, despite the fact that he did sign a new five-year contract in July of last year that will keep him with his childhood team until 2026. In March, Mirror Football revealed that Paris Saint-Germain, the dominant French team, were considering a deal of £75 million for Rashford in anticipation of losing Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid.

Following Wednesday night’s game, a video of Rashford leaving his warm-up and approaching the man—who was pointing to the United insignia on his jacket—went viral on social media. After hearing what the fan was yelling, Rashford responded, clearly upset, and gestured to the insignia on his shirt, saying, “Why don’t you go?”

The 26-year-old was then beseeched by another onlooker who yelled, “Rashford, don’t listen to him!” As news of the event spread around the team, Christian Eriksen, a teammate from United, pushed the player away.

Stewards contacted the man in question after they had moved on to the next phase of their warm-up, and then another fan, who was presumably his son, helped him return to his seat. Other close supporters reprimanded the fan who had targeted Rashford as well.

Wednesday wasn’t the first time that Rashford has directly responded to criticism from United fans. In March 2021 following a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round-of-16, the United academy graduate attempted to confront a group of fans outside of Old Trafford and made a gesture with his hand.

Later on, Rashford acknowledged that his feelings overcame him. He played in his 400th first-team game for the 20-time English champions against Newcastle, helping Erik ten Hag’s squad secure their first Premier League success in four outings.

This season, United’s best-ever result in the Premier League since its founding in 1992 is tied for seventh place in the standings. Rashford has faced constant criticism for his behaviour on and off the field. In January, for example, he missed training after an unapproved night out in Belfast and was removed from the team for one game.

He wrote for the Players’ Tribune a month later: “When I make a mistake, I’ll be the first one to put my hand up and say that I need to do better. But if you ever question my commitment to Man United, that’s when I have to speak up.”

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