Harry Maguire speaks out on X-rated row with Man Utd teammate Marcus Rashford

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has said ‘frustration’ was behind the on-pitch argument with Marcus Rashford during the team’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace.

As United toiled at Selhurst Park in their most recent game, TV cameras picked up the two players in heated discussion with one another.

An angry Maguire shouted at his striker to “f***ing get back onside” after a failed attack, to which Rashford hit back: “What the f*** do you want me to do? You f***ing k***head!”

Speaking ahead of his side’s trip to the Etihad for the Manchester derby, the defender played down any suggestions of a rift between the two.

“You pick up these things as there is no crowd in the stadium,” Maguire said.

“But we are always shouting at each other in games. I have full respect for Marcus and he has full respect for myself.

“We did not even confront each other after the game because it happens that much in training and in games.”

The draw was United’s third successive goalless games in succession and left them with just three wins from 10 Premier League games.

Maguire and his team sat top of the table in January but their inconsistent form has seen them slip to a mammoth 14 points behind their city rivals ahead of a trip across town.

The United skipper believes this dip in form as well as the performance against Palace was partially to blame for the dispute with Rashford.

“He wants the best for the club and I want the best for the club,” he added.

“We were not winning and late on in the game were both a little bit frustrated but no, it is nothing.

“It just shows we are going in the right direction. We are passionate. We are frustrated. We want to be winning football matches. We are passionate about the club and team spirit. We show passion.”

Rashford himself had also sought to put the issue to bed, publicly wishing his teammate happy birthday on Twitter days after the incident.

Speaking ahead of the City clash, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stopped short of rebuking his players but insisted they must learn to channel their frustrations more productively.

"Sometimes it has boiled over into frustration when it hasn't worked our way, we've got to stop that, the frustration on the pitch," said Solskjaer.

"We want to win but don't let it affect your desire to do well. Don't let it affect your confidence or the team spirit."

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