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I’m telling Marcus Rashford to consider his Manchester United future this summer, says club legend



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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has explained why Marcus Rashford may need to leave Manchester United this summer.

Ferdinand, who started his career at Premier League side West Ham, would go on to play for Manchester United’s rivals Leeds, before joining the Red Devils.

Winning fourteen major trophies, his time at Old Trafford was a massive success, something Marcus Rashford has not had the luxury of replicating.

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Instead, Rashford’s time at his boyhood club has had its ups and downs. Last season he was the club’s top goalscorer, undeniably responsible for much of Erik ten Hag’s first-year success.

This season, Rashford, alongside Rasmus Hojlund and Scott McTominay are the leading Premier League goalscorers for the club with seven goals. Despite this, it has been an admittedly poor season for both Rashford and the entire club.

With the arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos to the club, this summer represents the time for change at the club, something that Ferdinand believes Rashford must consider his role in.

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“It’s a pivotal moment in his [Marcus Rashford’s] career now. He’s not a kid anymore,” Ferdinand stated on Sky Bet’s Stick to Football podcast. “A lot of people look at potential and talent.

“He’s 26 – what were you [the panel] doing at 26? We were still making mistakes, don’t get me wrong, but on the football pitch you had it locked down, you knew what you were doing, you knew what you were about, who you were.

“There’s a big decision to make for him. From him, he’s got to look at who is around him. I know his family play a big part with him, which is great, but who are the external people around that?

“Are they the right people, are they enabling him to make excuses for himself behind closed doors, or are they saying, ‘Look at yourself, and be accountable for what you are doing’? He needs to look at that and own that and make [the] big decisions.

“When I joined Leeds United, I could’ve gone to Chelsea, and they were probably the club I preferred to go to at the time. The reason I left [West Ham] to go to Leeds was because it was out of London, and the external people around me, I needed to get away from.

“He’ll need to either decide to get rid of them and stay in Manchester or leave Manchester and get rid of those people.

“It might be an accumulation of different things, but that could be a big part because the people around you do have a big influence on how you are – especially accountability.”

Rising through United’s academy set-up as a fan of the Red Devils, Rashford has scored 131 goals in 395 senior appearances for the club.