Man United nemesis puts club rivalry aside to phone Rashford

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has received a personal phone call pick-me-up from Premier League legend Alan Shearer.

Rashford has struggled with injury and form this season, missing the start of the campaign with a shoulder problem and scoring just three goals in the 15 games he has played.

The forward has also been plagued with back issues for a number of months, while there is a suggestion that he has complained about being used in a number of different attacking positions at Manchester United – which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Rashford to ‘stop moaning’ about.

The baffling and ludicrous belief that his off-field charity work has become a distraction continues to be voiced by some, but the claim that Rashford might be suffering for his Euro 2020 final penalty shootout miss against Italy seems to hold more weight.

Former Newcastle, Blackburn and Southampton striker Shearer, who had a fractious relationship with Manchester United after turning down the chance to join them on three separate occasions, has been in touch with the England striker.

Shearer has, according to The Sun, offered advice to the 24-year-old on ‘handling the pressure and expectation’ and ‘convinced him that he can come through this period in his career’.

The Premier League winner added that he ‘was available at any time to chat if he wanted help in the future’.

Shearer was on BBC punditry duty for Manchester United’s laborious 1-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa, during which Rashford had four shots – all off-target. But the moment he was caught flat-footed when Emiliano Martinez parried Mason Greenwood’s shot to the edge of the six-yard box attracted the most criticism.

“I don’t want to single out Marcus Rashford, but he’s low on confidence, we don’t know what’s going on in his personal life,” the all-time Premier League top scorer said at the time.

“But I just think everything looks a huge effort for him at this moment in time. There’s no spark there, he looks very flat.

“He started off the first five or ten minutes and I thought ‘here we go’, back to his best and had a bit of spark about him.

“But once in the first half at the end, and then in the second half when Greenwood cuts in from the right-hand side, he just stands still.”

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