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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will have shoulder surgery

Rashford helped United finish second in the Premier League and advance to the Europa League final last season

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford says he needs to “listen to his body” as he prepares for surgery on a shoulder injury next week.

The 23-year-old has been plagued by the problem for a few months and has to be out until around October.

Rashford scored 11 goals in 37 Premier League games last season and was part of the English squad at Euro 2020.

“Everyone has an opinion, but nobody knows my body better than me,” said Rashford in a long post on social media.external link

“I’ve read that some people call me selfish for holding back on surgery this season, but it was never about putting myself first, and that’s where we got to, and as At the age of 23 I had to learn difficult things. ” Path.

“To guarantee that I can play this game for as long as possible, I have to listen to my body. When I step on the pitch, I always give 100%. Physically, my 100% was just not possible.”

“I am leaving last season with 36 contributions, but more importantly, I am walking away with the lessons I have learned.”

Rashford helped United finish second behind Manchester City in the Premier League last season.

Solskjaer’s team also reached the Europa League final, however lost to the Spanish team Villarreal on penalties.

Rashford made five appearances for England at Euro 2020 but only played 84 minutes in total and then missed a penalty kick when Italy beat Gareth Southgate’s side in the final.

Rashford added: “It’s hard to describe how you represent your country. If you had a choice, no one would turn it down in a tournament this big. As a little boy or girl, you dream of those moments.”

“I was considered fit for the whole season and with my injuries being treated, what were a few weeks left? I trained well and found a lot of comfort in the England camp after the Europa League final.

“If I had known in retrospect that I wouldn’t have played a significant role in the European Championship, would I have left? In retrospect, it’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

“I didn’t want to let anyone down, but when I looked at some of my performances towards the end of last season, I felt like I was.”

United start the Premier League at home against Leeds United on August 14, while England will play three World Cup qualifiers in September and two in October.

The club said: “After consultation with Marcus, the manager [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer], the club’s medical staff and specialists, will have an immediate operation on Marcus to correct his shoulder injury.

“He will now focus on his rehabilitation to get back as soon as possible.”

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