Marcus Rashford: Manchester United striker not staying at England’s World Cup exit

Marcus Rashford scores
Marcus Rashford scores in his first game since the 2022 World Cup

Marcus Rashford says there is no time to dwell on either England’s early exit from the World Cup or the debate over whether he should have been more involved in the quarter-final defeat by France.

Rashford returned to action for Manchester United 11 days after ending his time in Qatar by turning an injury free-kick inches wide of the French post.

There was no sense of hangover from the striker, who delivered the high point 2-0 win in the EFL Cup over Championship side Burnley, scoring a superb solo goal, driving his shot into the bottom corner after beating two defenders at the end of a run that started 10 meters into his own half.

“There’s no time to feel sorry for yourself,” Rashford told Sky Sports.

“It’s more of an emotion because it was such a disappointing feeling to get knocked out [of the World Cup]. You have to choose yourself and we did today.”

The manner of Rashford’s goal only fuels the argument that his introduction against France, with just five minutes remaining, did not give him enough time to make a significant impact.

Rashford left Qatar as England’s joint-top scorer and his latest effort took the 25-year-old to nine for the season at United.

Manager Erik ten Hag chose not to get involved in the England debate. But he believes Rashford can make a major impact at club level this season.

“I can’t comment on that [England],” he said.

“He’s in great form for us and I hope he keeps his focus and performance. His performance improves a lot from game to game.

“He’s a constant threat, but he’s also scored a lot of goals and does a lot of defensive work. I’m very happy with his performances.”

Ten Haag confirmed that Rashford’s England team-mate Harry Maguire has missed the game due to illness.

The United boss does not know whether Maguire will be fit enough for the December 27 clash with Nottingham Forest and says the situation will be monitored in the coming hours and days.

Old Trafford future for Wan-Bissaka?

There was also positivity surrounding Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The £50m former Crystal Palace man looked to be surplus to requirements at United, with injury limiting him to just one four-minute substitute appearance this season ahead of the Burnley game.

However, after claiming his first assist since May 2021 when the 25-year-old brilliantly headed Bruno Fernandes’ cross back into the path of Christian Eriksen to put United in front, Wan-Bissaka produced a mature performance and Ten Haag . says the fullback has a role to play this season.

“It’s clear that it has a future,” Ten Haag said. “He had good years, but this season he had a lot of illnesses and injuries.

“Since the restart he’s been fit and he’s been able to train with the team and you’re seeing him progress. His fitness levels are improving, his performance levels are improving and the assist, especially the way he gave the assist, at the right time and with the timing, means I’m happy with his performance.”

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