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Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford has responded to a heckling video of him that has surfaced on his social media. The video shows him reacting to the hecklers outside Old Trafford after the Champions League. It shows Rashford turning to confront the heckler. Rashford came on in the second half in the defeat and has denied raising his middle finger while clarifying the words said during the confrontation. He has struggled to find his form this season after surgery on his shoulder after the Euros.

“A video can paint a thousand words and in this case lead to inaccurate info being shared on social media. Guys for weeks I’ve been heckled, threatened, questioned and last night my emotion got the better of me,” Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford said. “I’m a human being. Reading and hearing that stuff about yourself every day wears you down. No one is more critical of my performance than me. But what you see in this video lacks context. I had been heckled from the minute I stepped foot outside the ground, abuse not just aimed at my football.”

“People were looking for a reaction from me. Phones were at the ready. Of course, I should have walked straight past and ignored it, that’s what we’re supposed to do right?” he added. “I want to clarify 2 things. The first was what I actually said to the man throwing abuse at me which “come over here and say it to my face” (fact security can back up) and secondly, the fact I used my forefinger to direct the fan to ‘come over and say it to my face. I did not gesture with my middle finger. I’m not entitled. This isn’t ego. I’m upset. I’m disappointed. And at that moment it was silly but I was being human.”

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