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Man Utd: Marcus Rashford’s ‘life a mess’ as star struggles with off-field problems | Football | Sport

Marcus Rashford’s life has become a “mess” at Manchester United, according to The Sun, with multiple insiders bringing attention to an array of alleged issues off the pitch. Rashford has struggled within the white, grassy lines this season, and mounting problems away from football could be a major factor.

The 26-year-old scored United’s opener in Thursday’s 4-3 Premier League win at Wolves amid his best patch of form this campaign, registering three goals and two assists in his last five games.

But the trip to Molineux came a week after he was embroiled in his latest controversy, reporting ill for training last Friday before it emerged that he had spent two nights at Belfast nightclubs.

Rashford looked to have figured it out last season. He helped fire Erik ten Hag to a successful first year in charge by scoring a career-best 30 times in all competitions.

He has just five goals and six assists to his name in 27 appearances this term, though, which has raised questions over whether everything is okay off the pitch.

According to anonymous claims in The Sun, that isn’t the case. Rashford is reportedly at the centre of tensions regarding money within his camp.

The United No. 10 is said to be feeling lost, not knowing who he can trust with his extreme riches at such a young age, which has taken a significant hit on his confidence.

Rashford’s older brothers, Dwaine and Dane, act as his agents and closest confidants over football matters. However, the latter has reportedly been sidelined since being arrested for domestic battery in Miami in October.

All charges against Dane, 31, were dropped, but Dwaine is claimed to have put his house up for sale due to security fears after police in Miami published his address online as part of the charge.

Dwaine attended showdown talks with Ten Hag at Carrington on Monday when Rashford took responsibility for his actions in Belfast and returned to training.

But The Sun add that the 40-year-old and Rashford are barely on speaking terms amid strains between the trio, who live on the same street in Wilmslow with their mum, Melanie.

Rashford’s agents have been approached for comment.

His problems extend to friends, too, the bold report states. It’s claimed that some mates have abused his trust by facilitating his partying and gambling.

One individual reportedly used the star’s bank card to buy expensive goods without his permission. Money is also said to be a worry in his love life due to concerns that women view his bank balance as a bigger prize.

His on-off relationship with school love Lucia Loi, who has been a huge support in his career, is now believed to be over.

The England international is selfless. He has done a lot for his family and earned the respect of the nation with his free school meals campaign.

But even that reportedly sparked anxiety due to the fact he would be seen driving a Lamborghini while poverty in the UK is still ongoing.

It’s also claimed that Rashford’s support for his extended family, some of whom are housed in his properties, has also proven problematic.

The report notes he didn’t attend a recent funeral in fear that he would be awkwardly asked for money. A search for help from PR agencies and financial advisers has been unsuccessful thus far.

Rashford has often cut a frustrated figure this season, representing a footballer not enjoying football. It’s a stark comparison to his emergence as a fledgling 18-year-old in 2016.

The report claims that some at the club feel like Rashford doesn’t care as much anymore. He even allegedly told Ten Hag that he was losing his love for the game.

However, he is still highly spoken of around Carrington, and his strike against Wolves was the perfect response to another difficult week.

Rashford has reportedly been more focused in training since his return on Monday, showing a desire to answer his critics where it matters most: the pitch.

The Red Devils star is a good football player. But it’s down to him to remove the barriers to ensure he can become great.

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