Ole Gunnar Solskjaer repeated his call for action against the Twitter trolls after Marcus Rashford became the latest Manchester United player to be racially abused.

Rashford was targeted following the first penalty miss of his career in a shock 2-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Earlier in the week his team-mate Paul Pogba had been abused following a failed spot-kick at Wolves.

It was a day to forget for United. There was Rashford’s spot-kick clanger, David de Gea too easily beaten by Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt’s 93rd-minute winner, Pogba dispossessed in the lead-up to the goal and Daniel James booked for diving for a second game.

After hearing of the abuse aimed at Rashford Solskjaer held up his hands in almost disbelief.

“I am lost for words. These people keep hiding behind fake identities. It’s crazy that in 2019 we are still talking about this.


“We have got to stop it. We keep having all these campaigns, ‘say no to racism’ etc. This can’t keep going on,” he said.

Back in his notes he had added: “There is no place at all in our society for this kind of behaviour and it has been encouraging to see it be met with such widespread condemnation.”

Solskjaer had spoken out about the abuse levelled at Pogba after the Wolves match and ahead of the visit of Palace.

“Paul’s fine,” said Solskjaer. “Paul’s a strong character and it makes him stronger. I just cannot believe we still sit here in 2019 talking about these instances.

“Social media is a place where, as Harry (Maguire) said, people can hide behind fake identities.

“I don’t think it’s down to me to change it but we’ve got to do something about it and the authorities have got to do something about these ones that spread this hate.

“You just feel sorry for them really. They must have problems themselves when they have to do this.”

Source: The Mirror


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