Manchester United supporters are divided over Marcus Rashford’s ‘gesture’ towards Casemiro before the club’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.
United have lost four of their opening seven games of a Premier League season after Erik ten Hag’s side fell to a home defeat against Palace.
The Old Trafford club appeared to have turned a corner with wins over Burnley and Palace in the Carabao Cup, but Joachim Andersen’s first-half strike saw Roy Hodgson’s side come away with all three points in their second trip to United in five days.
Naturally, United fans on social media were widely furious at the result and the club’s start to the season on and off the pitch.
Moreover, some were critical of talisman Rashford, who struggled to impose himself on the game against Palace.
Indeed, a small contingent of supporters on X, the social media platform formally known as Twitter, were also scathing of Rashford’s decision to allow Casemiro to exit the tunnel ahead of him before the game.
Some supporters perceived the gesture as an attempt from Rashford to present himself as United’s “poster boy”.
Referencing the incident one supporter said: “Waiting for a 5x CL winner to go ahead of him so he can feel like the poster boy. Friendly reminder that this is the same guy that can’t even start ahead of [Phil] Foden and [Bukayo] Saka in the national team. Ego of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, footballing ability of Gabby Agbonlahor.”
Waiting for a 5x CL winner to go ahead of him so he can feel like the poster boy….
Friendly reminder that this is the same guy that can’t even start ahead of Foden and Saka in the national team. Ego of Ronaldo, footballing ability of Gabby Agbonlahor pic.twitter.com/xMSdFNzjER
— Z (@zeleLUHG) October 1, 2023
Another said: “Disgusted by this.” A third furiously claimed: “Waiting to walk out last like he has just won the Ballon d’Or.”
However several other supporters leapt to the defence of Rashford, claiming the moment was of little significance.
One person said: “Letting him go first means absolutely nothing, but of course, let’s find something negative.”
A second person said: “United fans are really attacking Rashford? Where have you guys been all along?”
A third said: “Could be superstition many players have routines before games?”