Solskjaer Tells Lingard And Rashford To Focus More On Football

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to focus more on football.

Both the players have time and again received criticism from the supporters for their off-the-field activities, be it their respective brands and sponsorships, or posts on social media.

Now, according to The Sun, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as assistant boss Mike Phelan have had separate discussions with the duo regarding this issue.

Lingard has been regularly involved with his “Be Yourself” fashion label, which he launched during Christmas last year. The management now believes a part of the 26-year-old’s focus has been on that instead of improving himself as a footballer.

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Furthermore, Solskjaer and co. fear Rashford is also at the risk of being sidetracked due to the influence of his senior teammate, especially considering the 21-year-old’s main focus at present should be on becoming Manchester United’s number 1 striker.

Lingard, in particular, has previously received stern advice from club legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville as well.

The decorated right-back had criticised the midfielder for launching his clothing range just a week before December 2018’s Liverpool fixture – one which ended up being Jose Mourinho’s last at the helm of Manchester united.

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“I’ve got no problem with him launching a clothes range,” Neville had said. “But before Liverpool away – the biggest match of the season – don’t launch a clothes brand. Not this week. Concentrate on Liverpool, no distractions, no disruptions.”

Roy Keane had echoed Neville’s thoughts by adding: “If there was a good strong dressing room that wouldn’t be tolerated. That’s why I worry about the United dressing room.

“That wouldn’t be tolerated in a good dressing room from a young player, who’s still learning his trade. Again, he could be the nicest kid in the world, I don’t know the lad, but if you’re coming out with all that nonsense.”