Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed his forward Marcus Rashford after the England international’s penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy. Rashford, along with Sancho and Saka missed their spot-kicks following a 1-1 draw in extra-time.
The trio were racially abused on online platforms following England’s defeat, and a mural of the United forward in the Withington suburb was defaced. The England international took to Twitter to express his feelings on the recent events, and said “I can take critique of my performance all day long. My penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.”
Solskjaer praised Rashford after the defeat and said “When you step up to take a penalty, I think you’ve already won.”
“You’ve taken on the responsibility and I’m sure many of the players are hoping, ‘I don’t want to take a penalty’. So I think it’s a great character trait to step up and say, ‘I will deal with it, [and] the consequences.”
“You might be the hero or the one who misses. That’s football. You learn from it and definitely come back stronger.”
“I’ve not seen many people, at this club anyway, who lay down and say, ‘I’ll not take a penalty anymore’. I know Marcus is going to put his hand up and say he wants to take one for us.”
Source: Sky Sports