Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Marcus Rashford to concentrate on football ahead of Manchester United return

By Amreen
Rashford has been urged to keep a focus on football by Solskjaer
Rashford has been urged to keep a focus on football by Solskjaer / Maja Hitij/GettyImages

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Marcus Rashford to turn his focus to football ahead of his Manchester United return.

Rashford will be included in United's squad to face Leicester City on Saturday for the first time this season after making a full recovery from shoulder surgery in the summer.

The England international has carried out some formidable work off the pitch, tackling child food poverty since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and Solskjaer praised the youngster for his efforts. But the Red Devils' boss took a moment to remind the 23-year-old to focus on football.

"I know that we will see the best of Marcus in the years to come," said Solskjaer. "He has done remarkable things at a young age, but he is now coming into the best age for a footballer. You know what he has done off the pitch as well because he has done some fantastic things, and now it is time to maybe prioritise his football and focus on football.

"He’s got a challenge on his hands here at Manchester United, he has a challenge on his hands to play for England and I think Marcus is one of those who takes up those challenges. He knows that we want a lot from him, but we are going to give him the time to get back to what he was and what he can be."

Solskjaer added that United cannot afford any further slip-ups after dropping five points in their last two Premier League games against Everton and Aston Villa.

"You can't keep on losing points and expect to be winning at the end, that's true," he said. "We deserved more against Everton and we deserved more against Villa, though the narrative is out there that of course we're not playing well because we didn't get the points.

"But performances don't always give you titles or trophies so we need to have points to be in and around in April and May. That's what we're aiming for.

"Our full focus is only Leicester and nothing else. It's not about Liverpool, Tottenham or City. We know they're coming up, but we've got enough time between every game now to rest and recover and to be ready for them."