Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford must “prioritise his football” to deal with the challenges of playing for his club and country, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.
Rashford underwent shoulder surgery in August and has not played since England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy in July, but he could make his first appearance of the season in Saturday’s Premier League game at Leicester City.
“He’s in the squad, if he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you … He’s worked really hard throughout the layoff. Been really bright this week and had a 60-minute involvement behind closed doors last week, so he’s raring to go,” said Solskjaer on Friday.
Solskjaer added it was time for Rashford to focus on football after winning widespread plaudits for his anti-poverty campaigning.
“Marcus has done remarkable things at a young age and he’s now coming into his best age for a footballer,” said the Manchester United boss.
“He’s learning. He’s getting more and more experience. He’s had time to reflect on what he’s done off the pitch as well, because he’s done some fantastic things, and now maybe prioritise his football and focus on football.”
Rashford has inspired a free school meals campaign and was honoured by Queen Elizabeth for his charitable efforts. He was also presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.
Rashford bagged 21 goals and 15 assists in all competitions for United last season and Solskjaer said the club will give him time to rediscover his form this season.
“He knows that we want a lot from him but we are going to give him the time to get back to what he was and what he can be,” Solskjaer said.
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