Manchester United star Marcus Rashford pictured out in Hale with girlfriend Lucia Loi
The 20-year-old, who was suspended for the 2-1 win at Vicarage Road, was pictured walking through the leafy Altrincham suburb of Hale with his partner Lucia Loi.
They were heading to the popular Italian eatery Piccolino, where they enjoyed lunch together as Rashford made the most of his afternoon off from training.
The pair headed out to lunch on Sunday afternoon as Rashford enjoyed a day off from training
The restaurant has grown used to the stars of Manchester’s two biggest clubs dropping in and recently hosted Rashford’s team-mates Chris Smalling, Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay.
It would have been the perfect way for Rashford to forget about a troublesome week in which is has found himself in the spotlight through no fault of his own. Indeed, it was Jamie Carragher’s suggestion that he should leave Old Trafford that sparked a debate that angered Jose Mourinho.
The Sky Sports pundit, speaking after Rashford scored the winning goal for England against Switzerland last week, said the striker may have to switch clubs to reach his potential and suggested Everton as a possible destination.
Lucia and Rashford continue walking to their chosen restaurant on a warm Sunday afternoon
Rashford and his girlfriend arrive at Piccolino where they enjoyed lunch together on Sunday
RASHFORD FOR UNITED THIS SEASON
Premier League starts: 1
Sub appearances: 2
Fouls won: 3
Passes attempted: 38
Pass success rate: 81.6%
Tackles won: 4
Red cards: 1 (vs Burnley)
Mourinho hit back in his press conference prior to the Watford match, coming armed with a ton of statistics that seemingly prove Rashford is getting the required amount of playing time.
‘In the season 2016-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches and 11 Europa League matches including the final. Three in the FA Cup,’ he said.
‘He had 53 appearances. But if you want minutes, he played 3,068 minutes. If you divide that by 90 it is 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in 2016-17.
‘In 2017-18 he played 35 Premier League matches, eight Champions League, five FA Cup — including the final — three League Cup and the Super Cup.
‘He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes. Divide that by 90 minutes and it is 29.7 matches. So in all, 105 appearances, 5,744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes — including five finals.’
Further backing up Mourinho’s point, statistics compiled by Opta show Rashford has played 108 games since the Portuguese took charge in 2016. No other Manchester United player has featured more.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho went on a rant in his press conference on Friday