Marcus Rashford refuses to bad-mouth ‘idol’ Cristiano Ronaldo after Man Utd exit
Marcus Rashford has led the tributes to Cristiano Ronaldo and thanked him for all he did in his second spell with Manchester United.
Rashford and Ronaldo struck up a close friendship at Old Trafford – and the England star admits he's disappointed to see his "idol" leave the club in such bad circumstances.
Ronaldo had his contract terminated last week after he decided to trash the club in an explosive TV interview. The Portuguese icon accused United of betraying him – and aimed fierce criticism at boss Erik ten Hag as well as owners the Glazers.
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Ronaldo also suggested the younger players at United did not want to learn from one of the greatest of all time. His comments left United bosses and supporters seething.
Most fans and staff believe Ronaldo has now ruined his legacy at Old Trafford. But Rashford refused to criticise Ronaldo and admits he loved his time learning and playing alongside one of the game's true greats.
Rashford joined club team-mates Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire in praising Ronaldo when he said: "It has been an unbelievable experience to play with him.
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"He is one of my idols and someone I always looked up to," the 25-year-old added. "It is something I can keep with me forever. I wish him all the best and we want to thank him for the things he's done for Manchester United."
Meanwhile, Rashford admits he is desperate for England redemption at the World Cup in Qatar.
Rashford became one of the scapegoats when he missed a spot kick in England's penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy in the Euros final 16 months ago. The United striker was the target of racist abuse along with Three Lions colleagues Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, who also missed from the spot.
Rashford has not started a single game for England since that fateful afternoon at Wembley, due to injuries and a loss of form.
And despite scoring with just his third touch as a substitute in the 6-2 thrashing of Iran in England's World Cup opener, Rashford insists he wants to step up to the plate and put himself in the firing line again if the chances comes along.
Rashford said: "You never want to miss a penalty. I feel like it's a great opportunity for forwards, especially, to score goals.
"Obviously they are big moments and as an individual I've always been comfortable and I enjoy being in big moments. So, you know, for me, I'm hoping that we get to take another penalty in the tournament. So I'm looking forward to it."
Rashford also told Gareth Southgate he is fit and good to go should the England boss decide to rest Harry Kane in tomorrow's final Group B encounter with Wales in Doha.
He added: "I'm raring to go. I feel like everyone, me included, is ready to do their bit when they come on to the pitch and if they get an opportunity."
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