- Andy Cole has blasted Marcus Rasford for his alcohol-fuelled trip to Belfast
- Cole addressed the incident at a Q&A session at the Andaz Hotel in Dubai
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Speaking at a special night at popular entertainment venue Players House in Dubai on Thursday night, Cole addressed a range of United-related topics.
He called on United to have patience with summer signing Rasmus Hojland, insisting the young striker has the quality to be a hit at Old Trafford, whilst also insisting he would have scored even more goals in modern day football than he did during his career.
But Cole, who also listed Tony Adams, Steve Bould and John Terry among the toughest defenders he has faced, was particularly interesting on Rashford, who has been under the spotlight this week following his now infamous alcohol-fuelled two day trip to Belfast.
Rashford missed last Friday’s training session complaining of sickness but it has since emerged he was revelling in Northern Ireland just hours before he was scheduled to report for duty.
Former Manchester United star Andy Cole has blasted Marcus Rashford for being 'disrespectful' following his alcohol-fueled trip to Belfast
The 26-year-old had missed last Friday's training session complaining of sickness but it emerged that he had been revelling in Northern Ireland just hours before
Cole, here speaking to Chris McHardy at a Q&A session, stated that Rashford 'needs to have a good look at himself'
He subsequently missed Sunday’s FA Cup win at Newport County. Rashford returned to the United starting XI on Thursday night to score the opener in United’s 4-3 win at Wolves.
But speaking earlier this week at the event hosted by Chris McHardy, Cole - who scored 121 goals for United - said: ‘I’m surprised Marcus has found himself in this position again.
‘We never minded a night out when I was playing and everyone is entitled to a night out but ultimately when you do have a night out you need to turn up for training.
‘You can’t go on a couple of nights out and then call in sick - that’s disrespectful.
‘He has found himself in hot water and Erik ten Hag has dealt with it internally and the situation is now over but he needs to have a look at himself.’
Meanwhile, Cole called on Rashford to rediscover last season’s red-hot form.
Rashford has struggled to replicate last year’s numbers scoring just five goals this season compared to his tally of 30 during the 2022/23 campaign.
The Q&A session took place at the Andaz Hotel on the Palm in Dubai, where Cole also addressed Rasmus Hojlund's current form
Rashford had been seen entering Belfast night club Thompsons Garage last week
Thompsons Garage is located in the city centre of Belfast and is open seven nights a week
Rashford subsequently missed United's FA Cup clash against Newport County
Erik ten Hag stated that the situation has been dealt with internally, with Rashford returning to score during United's 4-3 victory against Wolves in midweek
‘If I was Marcus, which I’m not, but if it was me personally, I would be bitterly disappointed if I found myself in this situation after such a good season last season,’ added Cole,' who also claimed the game still has a problem with giving management opportunities to ethnic minorities.
‘I was always driven to do just as well as the season before. Look at the likes of Messi and Ronaldo they never took a season off and that’s why they have been at a level for so long.
‘And whoever Marcus has around him they need to have chat with him.’
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