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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clarifies his comments on Marcus Rashford's philanthropy

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Solskjaer caused controversy with some comments on Rashford
Solskjaer caused controversy with some comments on Rashford / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has clarified his stance on forward Marcus Rashford after urging the Manchester United man to 'prioritise his football'.

Rashford has blossomed into a national hero ever since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, fighting social inequality and working tirelessly to provide food for Britain's less-privileged households during a period of financial instability.

So, it came as a bit of a surprise to see Solskjaer urge the 23-year-old to focus on his task on the pitch - something which, understandably, didn't sit too well in Rashford's camp.

When he sat down for his press conference on Tuesday, Solskjaer immediately spoke on the situation unprompted, insisting his comments have been blown out of proportion.

"Just to get the elephant out of the room straight away, you know the headline which came before the Leicester game," Solskjaer began (via Manchester Evening News).

"We are so unbelievably proud of what Marcus Rashford has done on and off the pitch. You made a headline off one little comment."

It's understood that Rashford took no offence to Solskjaer's comments and accepted that they were meant as praise, but there was some frustration towards the boss' decision to bring up an argument which regularly surfaced during the early stage of the pandemic.

Countless politicians urged Rashford to 'stick to football' as he incessantly campaigned to end food poverty, with the United star famously forcing the government to U-turn on their decision to end the provision of food vouchers for low-income households.

He continues to fight to this day and combines that with his efforts on the pitch. Rashford returned from shoulder surgery in the 4-2 defeat to Leicester, bagging his side's second goal during his 25 minutes on the pitch.


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