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Marcus Rashford tweets decision to come off social media with dig to fans who criticised him

Marcus Rashford tweets of his decision to come off social media with a parting dig made to the fans who criticised him.

The Manchester United forward will be taking a break from the online world during the off-season, days after helping his team beat Man City in the FA Cup final where he played a significant role in Kobbie Mainoo’s second goal at Wembley.

Rashford is now looking forward to preparing for a busy summer with talk that he could be on the move to another club.

He has faced criticism on social media and from match-goers for his performances, having managed to score seven goals in the Premier League under the leadership of Erik ten Hag.

Earlier this season, he defended himself against abuse on Twitter after being booed by some fans during the FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout win over Coventry City.

Now, Rashford can approach the upcoming period with confidence, having secured his fifth major honour with his beloved club.

In a tweet he wrote on Monday night, Rashford said: “It’s time to come off Socials for a few weeks. I plan to rest and reset mentally after a challenging season individually and collectively. Thanks to the fans that stood by me through a difficult period. To the ones that didn’t just remember at United, we always stick together. 🙏🏾”

Marcus Rashford pulled away by Man Utd teammates after confronting heckling from fan

Following the FA Cup win over Man City he wrote: “People want to know what Man Utd means to me! ♥️”

Rashford’s future at Old Trafford has been speculated, despite recently extending his contract, although not helped with the uncertainty surrounding Ten Hag’s role as head coach, with the first transfer window under Ineos and Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s sporting control taking place this summer.

Rashford’s return to form being a priority task should they decide to keep him. Unlike some of his teammates, he won’t be participating in an international tournament this summer, as he was not included in Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad for Euro 2024.

This gives Rashford plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming season after a well-deserved holiday.

In an Instagram story including a graphic of the 33 players picked, Rashford said: “Wishing Gareth and the boys all the best for the up and coming tournament.”

He spoke in an interview with The Players’ Tribune, he posted a response to critics who questioned his professionalism and dedication to his childhood club.

Last season was one to remember for Rashford, scoring an impressive 30 goals and was named as United’s Player of the Year for 2022/23.

But this time around it somewhat hasn’t worked out for him in the same way, scoring only 8 goals in 42 games across all competitions for the Premier League club.

As well as his on-field performance and commitment, Rashford has been criticised for being spotted at a nightclub in Belfast and then called in sick for first-team training at Carrington.

He said at the time: “Listen, I’m not a perfect person.

“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.

“It’s like somebody questioning my entire identity, and everything I stand for as a man.

“I grew up here. I have played for this club since I was a boy.

“My family turned down life-changing money when I was a kid so I could wear this badge.”

Since he responded to those who question his commitment to the club earlier this year, Rashford has continued to receive criticism.

Twitter user UtdParadigm said: “The way Marcus Rashford is being treated is absolutely disgusting. It’s cruel. It’s abuse.”

To which Rashford replied: “I appreciate your support. It is abuse and has been for months. Enough is enough.”

He has now put up a photo of the colour black as his profile picture and his cover photo has been deleted and left blank.

Ten Hag sent his support to Rashford. When asked about the criticism aimed at Rashford, who had been jeered by his own fans in the FA Cup semi-final win over Coventry, Ten Hag said he wanted a united front to help Rashford turn his dismal season around.

‘I have a lot of sympathy for Rashy, of course,’ Ten Hag said.

‘Last year he had a brilliant season, the best season of his career scoring 30 goals so you see what he is capable of.

‘This season he didn’t give the performances and people are very critical. I think we have to back him.

‘Everyone should back him and push him to get back to the levels he was last year.’

Antony is another player who was booed in recent games.

But pressed on Rashford, Ten Hag is unwavering in support of his winger.

‘I think he needs the support,’ he continued.

‘We all know what he’s capable of, we all have to support and push him. He can do better than this year. We saw last year when he was really brilliant.

‘I think the fans are behind us always.’

This is how fans reacted as Marcus Rashford tweets of his decision to come off social media with a dig to fans who criticised him…

@Meribel123: Enjoy your rest, Marcis. Look forward to seeing you next season. Ignore the noise. It´s a good idea to take a rest from social media too. Too many crazy, hateful ppl who say what they like with impunity. The press & SM platforms need to take a long hard look at what they’re doing

@JGMUFC58: people going to mock him but don’t realise he’s been pushed to this by knobs constantly bashing him for the most basic of thing or even worse… showing passion for his club. he’s had a bad season yeh but so has the club. get behind them

@DavidRhysLewis9: Enjoy your time out Marcus, everybody needs a break occasionally. Looking forward to seeing you back next season and watching you silence the haters. Once a Red, always a Red👍

@truereddevil99: Rest up Marcus you deserve it then come back and shut those haters up. Thanks for another trophy

@UtdSteez: Best decision, not being in the euros should do some good too (I get the disappointment tho) step away focus on yourself get your head right and be ready to go next season. We’ll see you then 💪💯

@AdamMUFC24: See you next season @MarcusRashford 🔥 Have a good rest over the summer and get ready to rock & roll next season.

@doyleosUTD: Look I’m not his biggest fan, but how are people hating on him for going of the grid getting a rest then rebuilding himself like he did the summer before last. Shocking.

@Lodski146: We love you Marcus, have an awesome break and can’t wait to see you back to your best next season

@Beatlesjimbo: Smart move Marcus. Hope to see you back, firing on all cylinders next season and being the player we all know you can be. Have a great summer and come back better than ever.

@UtdMicah: Take care Marcus. ❤️

@LydiaRose0x: Enjoy the break! You need it! You can enjoy the Euros with the rest of us! Come back and smash it next season!

@Tw__mufc: Love you more than life you gorgeous fucker ❤️

@UtdDyIan: Rest and recharge, real fans know you love the club and know what a player there is in there, find it next season and prove everyone wrong ❤️

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