Shearer blasts ‘stupid’ Rashford over nightclub visit after Man City defeat

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Rashford also faced criticism from his manager for the decision (Picture: Getty)

Alan Shearer has said it was ‘stupid’ for Marcus Rashford to attend a nightclub after the club’s defeat to Manchester City and insists the forward should have cancelled his birthday celebrations.

Rashford drew the ire of his manager Erik ten Hag after he was pictured out in a nightclub in Manchester after his side’s thumping 3-0 defeat against arch rivals City earlier this month.

The Dutch boss labelled the England forward’s decision as ‘unacceptable’ but said Rashford had apologised for the mistake and the matter was now resolved.

Now the Premier League record goalscorer has had his say on the matter, with the former Newcastle forward in agreement with Ten Hag.

‘I don’t care if it’s your birthday on a Saturday night. If you’ve been dumped 3-0 and it’s a terrible performance you’ve got to read the room,’ Shearer said on The Rest Is Football podcast.

‘The number of times that that happened to me where we had a dinner planned or this planned and we’ve been beaten on a Saturday night and I’ve said, ‘I can’t go out, I’m not going out’.

‘You can’t go into town, into a nightclub on the night you’ve been dumped 3-0 off your neighbours. You can’t do it, it’s just a no-no.

The England forward failed a late fitness test for United’s game against Fulham (Picture: Getty)

‘It was daft, it was stupid for Marcus to do that, whether it’s your birthday or not, you can’t go out after you’ve been battered.

‘Dinner is different, if you’re going out to a restaurant there’s an excuse to say I’m just going out with the missus or whoever it may be. But going into a nightclub, you can’t do that, not when you’ve been beaten 3-0 by your neighbours. Cancel.’

Rashford was not subject to any disciplinary measures, although he did miss United’s clash with Fulham on the weekend after failing a late fitness test.

Bruno Fernandes netted a dramatic late winner to secure a 1-0 away win and ease the pressure on manager Ten Hag.

They sit eighth in the table but are still six points behind Arsenal in fourth.


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