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Rashford releases emotional statement to fans in response to surgery criticism

Manchester United announced on Friday afternoon Marcus Rashford would undergo surgery for his injured shoulder, likely keeping him out of action for three months

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Marcus Rashford has detailed how his love for Manchester United kept putting back any treatment for his shoulder injury.

The Red Devils and England forward will undergo surgery on the problem and will likely be out for around three months.

The 23-year-old has faced criticism from some fans, who have questioned his decision to wait until now to have the surgery when he was playing through the pain last season.

Rashford has hit back at those critics, simply stating his love for club and country saw him delay any treatment.

In a statement released on social media, he said: “When I was 11 years old MU helped me and my family out of a really difficult situation . I will always feel indebted.



Marcus Rashford penned an emotional statement to his fans.
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“When the clubs need me, I’ll be there. Any role I can play in helping my boyhood club I’m going to do it. Even to my detriment at times.

“Having been out of the game recovering from the double stress fracture, and having spent a lot of time away from teammates and staff who’d been a part of my life for as long as I could remember, I needed to feel a part of something again.

“I needed to feel like I was playing my part. I’ve read some call me selfish for holding off getting the surgery this season but it was never about putting myself first and that’s how we’ve reached this point, and something as a 23-year-old I’ve had to learn the hard way.









“To guarantee I can play this game as long as possible I need to listen to my body.

“Everyone has an opinion but no know knows my body better than me.

“It’s hard to describe the feeling of representing your country. Given the choice no one would ever turn that down at such a big tournament.

“As a little boy or girl you dream of these moments. I had been deemed fit for the full season, and given my injuries were being managed, what was another couple of weeks?

“Managing the pain I was training well and found a lot of comfort in the England camp after the Europa League final. On hindsight, if I had of known I wouldn’t have played a significant role in the Euros, would I have gone? Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it…



Rashford was visibly distraught after hitting the post with England’s third penalty
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“I didn’t want to let anyone down but ultimately looking at some of my performances towards the end of the season I felt like I was. When I step on the pitch I always give 100%. Physically my 100% just wasn’t possible.

“I’m walking away from last season with 36 goal contributions, but more importantly I’m walking away with lessons learnt.

“We live and we learn as they say but what is never in doubt is my commitment to the club and the national team.







“It’s been a hard one but I’m coming back physically and mentally stronger.

“Thank you for all the kind messages.”

United confirmed the decision for Rashford to undergo surgery earlier in the day, stating: “Following consultation between Marcus, the manager, club medical staff and specialists, Marcus will undergo surgery imminently to resolve his shoulder injury.

“He will now focus on his rehabilitation in order to return as soon as possible.”

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