Marcus Rashford has promised that Manchester United are ‘close’ to ending their hunt for silverware after revealing he has been sent around 70 racial slurs in the wake of the Europa League final loss to Villarreal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were held 1-1 in Gdansk by underdogs Villarreal, who triumphed 11-10 on penalties after David De Gea’s spot-kick was saved. Rashford faced the media after the match and received a torrent of racist abuse when the United forward opened up his phone.
“At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far,” the United forward wrote on Twitter.
“For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying.
“I’m more outraged that one of the abusers that left a mountain of monkey emojis in my DM is a maths teacher with an open profile. He teaches children!! And knows that he can freely racially abuse without consequence…”
Rashford also sent a thumbs up emoji to a user who said of the racist abuse: “You deserve it man you are awful.”
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Asked about the prospects for next season, Rashford added: “When Ole came in, there was a process and the players, we believe in this process – and this isn’t the end of the process. Part of the process is having ups and having downs and we’ve had plenty of ups and downs every single season.
“But just because we lose today, I promise, I promise you, I promise the fans, we don’t give up. There’s no chance that we give up.
“We come next season with more desire, more hunger and we have to do our best on the pitch. We have to give 110 per cent and what I just said, the sacrifice, it means a lot because I know in every club, they don’t have this sacrifice.
“But in the top clubs, they have, which is why the top clubs win the trophies.”
Rashford continued: “We are close, I promise we are close. But close is not good enough. We have to be there.”
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