Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clarifies comment on Marcus Rashford's 'priorities'
Many reports had stated that Solskjaer had said that Rashford needs to "prioritise his football"
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to rumours that he had upset forward Marcus Rashford by making comments about the player's priorities.
The comments in question were made in his press conference before United's defeat to Leicester City, when the Norwegian said Rashford needs to "prioritise his football" as he prepared to return from injury.
Reports surfaced that the comments made had upset Rashford and his associates but Solskjaer was quick to put an end to the gossip, with Rashford sat alongside him, in his pre-match press conference ahead of United's Champions League group game against Atalanta.
"Good afternoon, boys. Just to get the elephant out of the room straight away, we know the headlines that came after the Leicester game," he began.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 19, 2021
"We are so unbelievably proud of what Marcus has done on and off the pitch.
"You know what I said and you made a headline out of one little comment that I never intended to be the focus of what I was saying. I was saying it must be nice for the boy to focus on going into training and not feeling his ankle, or his shoulder or his back.
"Now he can just go and enjoy his football, and I think you all know that. So, there are no more questions on that one, or you can ask Marcus about it, but I just wanted to start with that one to get it out of the way."
Rashford wore a beaming smile throughout, and tweeted a photograph of the pair after the press conference, suggesting Solskjaer's words were truthful and there had been no conflict between them.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 19, 2021
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