‘More than just a friend’: Marcus Rashford pays tribute to old team-mate Jesse Lingard following Man United’s win over Nottingham Forest and embraces him at full time – after the midfielder accused the club of giving him ‘false promises’

Rashford pays tribute to old team-mate Jesse Lingard following Man United’s win over Nottingham Forest and embraces him at full time – after the midfielder accused the club of giving him ‘false promises’

Marcus Rashford has paid tribute to his former team-mate Jesse Lingard after Man United’s 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest, with the pair sharing an embrace at the final whistle before insisting the midfielder is ‘more than just a friend’.

Lingard made his return to Old Trafford on Wednesday night having left United in the summer when his contract expired, with the player left fuming at the club after they failed to offer him a proper farewell despite spending 20 years at the club.

But after returning to his boyhood team, which he joined at the age of nine, the attacking midfielder was given a warm reception by the home crowd, receiving applause when he was substituted in the second half due to an injury.

Marcus Rashford paid tribute to Jesse Lingard after Man United's win over Forest

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Marcus Rashford paid tribute to Jesse Lingard after Man United’s win over Forest

Rashford spoke about their friendship after the pair embraced following the final whistle

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Rashford spoke about their friendship after the pair embraced following the final whistle

Rashford, who scored United’s opening goal in the victory, greeted Lingard following the match.

 

The England internationals, who both graduated from United’s academy to the first team set up, were seen exchanging shirts after the final whistle.

Rashford paid tribute to Lingard in a shared Instagram post, writing: ‘More than just a friend, Good to see you bro’.

Lingard replied with the message ‘All love bro’.

Rashford and Lingard are close friends

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The pair grew up together in the United youth set up

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Rashford and Lingard are close friends having grown up together in the United youth set up

The pair have often been seen together during holidays abroad while they were at United

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The pair have often been seen together during holidays abroad while they were at United

The 30-year-old added a separate post to thank United’s fans for the reception he received.

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