Marcus Rashford was full of praise for the job Pep Guardiola has done at Manchester City and claims suggestions he is facing the sack is wide of the mark.
The Blues have enjoyed a sustained period of success since the Spaniard’s appointment at the Etihad Stadium, but they look to miss out on the title for the first time since 2017 with Liverpool the runaway 25-point leaders in the Premer League.
That, together with City’s impending two-year suspension from European competition, has led to suggestions that Guardiola could be tempted by another challenge overseas, amid links to Juventus, while, even more incredulosuly, it’s been suggested he could even be sacked.
However, Manchester United star Rashford has dismissed the claims and says City are well aware of how fortunate they are to have the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss at the helm.
Rashford was speaking to a room full of young schoolchildren, answering their questions on what they want to know.
One child asked the United star whether Guardiola would get sacked but the England international doesn’t think that’s the case.
In the footage, that can be found on BT Sport, he said: “That’s a tough question.
“No, Pep’s a top manager. I think City are lucky to have a manager like him.”
Rashford was also asked about City’s Champions League ban, which they are now planning to appeal, and the United striker clearly feels the punishment is harsh in the extreme.
Asked if he was happy with the decision, he said: “No, I have friends that play for City. So it’s not nice to see it happen to them.”
Asked if he was a Man City fan, Rashford responded: “No, but I don’t not like Man City.
“It’s obviously difficult because there’s people in my family who support City and it’s just one of those things were when we’re speaking about football we just don’t really get in to that.
“I was always a United fan as soon as I knew that United wanted me to go and train there that was the end of it basically.
“I just fell in love with the club from then.”
United are beginning to turn their thoughts towards the next transfer window and Rashford will be expected to play a leading role in their attempts to lure Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.