Richard Keys tells Rashford "leave it there" with helping vulnerable kids

Ex-Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has urged Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to focus on football instead of feeding vulnerable children.

During the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Rashford was a vocal figure in opposing the government's plan to decline free school meals to those in need.

As well as forcing a u-turn from those in Westminster, the United striker was also awarded an MBE by the Queen for his charitable works.

But BeIN Sports broadcaster Keys believes the time is right for Rashford to refocus on football, amid Man Utd's current decline in performances.

Keys, fired by Sky Sports in 2011 for sexist comments, has urged Rashford to "leave it there" in his latest column.

He said: "You see – this is where it gets complicated when pop stars/footballers and the like start to want to get taken seriously – and they forget about the day job.

"Marcus Rashford is also a good example of that. What he did to tackle child hunger was wonderful.

"But leave it there Marcus. Solskjaer was right – get back to you doing what you’re paid for. There’s a need for massive improvement there.

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"Rashford has made 183 appearances for United and scored 57 goals – one every 3.21 games. Making 46 appearances for England he’s scored 12 goals – one every 3.83 games. For a striker – is that enough?"

Keys' statistics may be relevant regarding Rashford's entire career but in terms of recent goalscoring form, they do the United forward a disservice.

Since returning from his knee injury, the 24-year-old has netted two goals in four Premier League matches, or three goals in six if Champions League fixtures are included.

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Strong maths isn't required to work that average out – one goal every two games.

And Rashford is yet to play a full 90 minutes since his return.

Goals against Leicester and Tottenham were from the bench, with Rashford only gaining brief cameos of 25 minutes and 19 minutes respectively.

There's a case to be made then that feeding the vulnerable has increased his prestige as a goalscorer.

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