Gary Neville on Marcus Rashford.

Gary Neville suggested that Marcus Rashford’s off-pitch voice could lose weight if the striker left Manchester United.

Since rising to fame as a footballer, Rashford has used his profile as a force for good, helping secure free school meals for children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although his reputation has exploded on the pitch in recent years, he has struggled to form, particularly this season as he tries to hold down a place in Ralf Rangnick’s Man United squad.

Rashford’s form has led to speculation he is looking to move away from his boyhood club, but Neville has warned that if he leaves his charity efforts could take a hit.

Gary Neville to Man United: ‘Sort it out!

“Rashford,” begins the former Man United defender’s Saturday morning tweet.

‘1. A failure for United’s football department if he leaves 2. A very bad look for MR if he can’t get his good form to get into this team 3. MR/Team would be naive if they thought his voice off the pitch would wear without the MU Lose/Lose badge if he goes. Sort it out!’

Subsequent tweets and quote comments would suggest most disagree with Neville on the third point, with many believing Rashford’s charitable efforts would have gone just as far had he played for another club.

“It’s just a proven fact if you play for United you will gain traction and range with your voice,” Neville replies and a response. “It’s not just for Rashford. This is for all of us who have played for the club.

Form of Marcus Rashford.

Rashford’s apparent desire to leave would have seemed far-fetched a year ago when he was a key figure in the Red Devils squad under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The striker has started this season to recover from shoulder surgery and after initially impressing when he returned to the team in October, things have since gone downhill.

The 24-year-old has scored three times in his first four appearances of the season but has followed that up with just two in his last 20.

His last appearance came as a substitute in last week’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City, having started on the bench, despite the absence of fellow forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

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