Manchester United Fan Favourite ‘Not Surprised’ By Marcus Rashford Move To Real Madrid
The speculation regarding Marcus Rashford moving from Old Trafford to Real Madrid has heated up spectacularly. Earlier this week it was reported that Los Merengues were lining up a £90million Premier League double smash-and-grab for the young Englishman and Spurs’ star Christian Eriksen.
It hasn’t sat well with Red Devils fans who hold a smothering of affection for the Wythenshawe-born Manchester United academy graduate Rashford.
Former player and now ‘Betfair Ambassador’ Dimitar Berbatov has spoken out on the rumoured Rashford move from Manchester to Madrid to say that he ‘wasn’t totally surprised’ to hear the link.
Berbatov played for United between 2008 and 2012 - becoming a charismatic fan favourite with his languid but stylish play and winning the Golden Boot at the end of the 2010/11 season. The Bulgarian was memorably involved in a tug-of-war between the United and a Manchester City ready to flaunt their new-found wealth on deadline day 08, but chose the red side of the city and went on to win two Premier League titles and a League Cup before moving to Fulham.
“I wasn't totally surprised to see rumours about Marcus Rashford moving away from Old Trafford.”
The 37-year-old ex-striker wrote for Betfair.
“I think Jose Mourinho should be playing him more; he's only going to get better with experience and we can see how well he is playing for the national team.
"Rashford hasn't necessarily hit top form for Man United so far this season, but he is a good player with a big future ahead of him. If he is not happy with the lack of playing time (he hasn't completed 90 minutes once), I can understand why he might start thinking about his options.
"I would be very sad to see him leave and Manchester United need to do all they can to keep him, but you can see why players head get turned when names like Real Madrid are mentioned.
"Madrid isn't a place where he is necessarily going to get more playing time, of course, but when you are bit confused, you sometimes forget about those details and can get seduced by the big name. You think 'f**k it, I'm not getting a chance here, so why not?'
With the transfer window literally round the corner United should be determined to keep hold of one of their most talented home-grown products, who literally and figuratively bleeds ‘Red’.
The 21-year-old Rashford has now made close to 140 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 34 goals and providing 18 assists, with experience aplenty to bely his tender years.
In the past, United have had to concede defeat to Real after their incessant targeting of David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo - arguably the two most famous footballers of the past 20 years.