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Marcus Rashford hits back at Owen Hargreaves’ claim he was ‘fuming’ over being benched at Tottenham

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Marcus Rashford hits back at Owen Hargreaves’ claim he was ‘fuming’ at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over benching him against Tottenham, saying his celebration was ‘pure relief’ after ‘a hard week’ following Liverpool defeat

  • Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score in Man United’s 3-0 win at Spurs
  • Owen Hargreaves said after the match that Rashford was angry at not starting
  • The ex-United man claimed he could see Rashford’s anger in his celebration
  • Rashford has hit out at claims he is livid with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 











Marcus Rashford has slammed claims made by Owen Hargreaves that his goal celebration for Manchester United at Tottenham was aimed in frustration at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for not starting him.

The England international broke through in the dying minutes to seal a 3-0 victory for Solskjaer’s side to ease the pressure on the under-fire Norwegian after last week’s thrashing by Liverpool

Rashford went to celebrate in front of the Red Devils supporters and appeared subdued before passionately shouting in front of the visiting fans, with Hargreaves claiming that Solskjaer not starting the 23-year-old was affecting his mood. 

Marcus Rashford (above) has hit out at Owen Hargreaves’ claims he is angry at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Man United’s win at Tottenham

Rashford (left) started on the bench but came on to score a result-clinching third in a 3-0 win

Rashford (left) started on the bench but came on to score a result-clinching third in a 3-0 win

But the Red Devils forward has taken to Twitter to insist that the celebration was ‘pure elation’ and hinted he has no issue with Solskjaer in the United dressing room. 

Rashford tweeted on Monday: ‘Fuming at the manager??! We won the game! That celebration was pure relief! It’s been a hard week…’

The England international came off the bench with just over 20 minutes to go to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the 3-0 win, with Rashford one of only two players dropped from the side that was thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool last weekend. 

Red Devils boss Solskjaer resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes from the Old Trafford defeat and confirmed nine of the 11 starters, with Raphael Varane coming in for Mason Greenwood in a new-look 3-4-1-2 formation for United.

Rashford appeared subdued then shouted in elation, which he claims was 'pure relief'

Rashford appeared subdued then shouted in elation, which he claims was ‘pure relief’

The 23-year-old insisted he has no issue with under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above)

The 23-year-old insisted he has no issue with under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above)

After the victory over Spurs, former United midfielder Hargreaves suggested Rashford would have expected to start and was unhappy at being benched.

‘I think you could see that in his celebration, he was fuming,’ the former United and Bayern Munich midfielder told Premier League Productions.

‘But when two legends of the game are playing ahead of you it’s hard to complain in a sense.

‘He (Solskjaer) is never going to drop Ronaldo, he needed somebody else in there and Cavani was fabulous last season. He probably deserved to start sooner.’

Hargreaves (above) claimed Rashford was livid at not starting Saturday night's match at Spurs

Hargreaves (above) claimed Rashford was livid at not starting Saturday night’s match at Spurs

Solskjaer’s decision paid off as Ronaldo and Cavani combined brilliantly to tear Spurs apart. 

Ronaldo opened the scoring with a superbly taken volley towards the end of the first half, before setting up the Uruguayan for United’s second. 

While the combined age of United attackers was 70, the bench had a far more youthful look as it included 24-year-old Rashford along with Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood, who are 21 and 20 respectively.

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