Marcus Rashford’s brother hits out at Gary Neville and other pundits for ‘clickbait’ criticism

Marcus Rashford's brother hits out at Gary Neville and other pundits for 'clickbait' criticism
Marcus Rashford has struggled for form this season - AP/Dave Thompson

Marcus Rashford’s brother has hit out at Gary Neville and accused the former Manchester United captain of generating “clickbait” stories about the England striker.

Neville claimed on the Stick to Football podcast he had gone beyond criticising Rashford’s form to becoming “worried about him” and expressed concern that the player “doesn’t look happy”.

Speaking on the same podcast, Rio Ferdinand, another former United player, claimed Rashford may need to leave his home city of Manchester or distance himself from certain people in his personal life to rediscover his best form.

Ferdinand and Neville’s remarks come just weeks after Rashford’s mum, Melanie Maynard, warned her son to be wary of negative influences around him who can be “wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing”.

But Rashford’s older brother and representative, Dwaine Maynard, has told Neville and any other pundits that if they harbour “genuine concerns” about the striker they should reach out in private rather than discuss him in public.

“I completely understand podcasts and how they work but if you have genuine concerns, pick up the phone,” Maynard posted on his Instagram feed.

“We know each other or have crossed paths. Airing so called concerns for the public to have an opinion is bad mind and for clickbait in my eyes.”

Maynard also implied that many of the pundits or shows that have been unafraid to criticise Rashford are the same ones asking for exclusive interviews with the player.

“The fun fact is that most of these shows or ex pros have asked for exclusives,” Maynard added.

Rashford scored 30 goals for United last season but has endured a torrid time on and off the pitch this term.

The England forward has just eight goals in all competitions and was fined two weeks’ wages worth around £650,000 after a boozy night out in Belfast in January that led to him missing training and an FA Cup tie against Newport County.

Earlier in the season, he was reprimanded by United manager Erik ten Hag for going out until the early hours after his side’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City when he had training that morning.

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