Marcus Rashford should have cancelled birthday party plans after Manchester derby defeat, says Gary Neville


Marcus Rashford should have cancelled birthday party plans after Manchester derby defeat, says Gary Neville
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Marcus Rashford(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford made a mistake by holding a birthday party after the club’s defeat to Manchester City and should have cancelled the celebrations.

That’s according to Gary Neville, who says the ‘optics’ of going out on the town after such a terrible defeat are bad.

Rashford was taken off as Erik ten Hag’s side were comprehensibly beaten at Old Trafford by Pep Guardiola’s men.

The England striker was then seen holding a large birthday party in Manchester city centre at a nightclub.

Ten Hag said Rashford made a ‘mistake’ in doing so, and apologised for the decision.

And Neville agrees, with the former Valencia coach saying Rashford should have cancelled the plans.

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Rashford was absent against Fulham (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

‘So, look. I’ve said this in my book. I’ve said this openly in public. If we lost a match, any match, forget a Manchester derby! If it was a Manchester derby, we wouldn’t be seen for a week, two weeks,’ said Neville.

‘But if we lost a match, nights out were cancelled. Simple as that. That was my rule. It was the other lads’ rule in the dressing room. You could not be seen out in a public place if you’d lost a football match.

‘Because to be fair, you’d bump into people who paid big money to go and watch the club, to watch the team play, and they don’t want to see you really enjoying yourself and celebrating. It’s an optics thing.

‘So, I’m all for lads enjoying their lives and enjoying their lives, but maybe that’s a night to just have a takeaway, maybe have a glass of wine, bring your friends round to your house.

‘Just optically, it’s not great, I don’t think, if you’re basically seen out in a nightclub in Manchester after a derby loss. I don’t think it’s right. Erik ten Hag said it was a mistake; I would class it as a mistake as well.

‘Marcus is from Manchester. I know it was his birthday, and you’ve got to live. But it’s a Manchester derby. You’ve just been beaten 3-0, and the reality of it is the fans don’t want to hear that you’re out on the town.’

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