Rob Holding Reveals Marcus Rashford Texted Him To Apologise After His Injury Was Confirmed

By The Editor
on 29th June 2019

Rob Holding reflects on that fateful night at Old Trafford…


Rob Holding revealed in a recent documentary that Marcus Rashford did get in contact with him to apologise after it became clear that he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, the defender told Arsenal Player.

As Holding nears the final stages of his recovery, the club released a behind-the-scenes documentary which follows the 23-year-old rehabilitation process.

The former Bolton man’s injury came on a bizarre night at Old Trafford in which we took the lead on two occasions, only to give two baffling goals away to somehow gift the hosts a draw.

In the midst of all that action, Holding went down in agony following what seemed an innocuous clash with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

However, after Holding attempted to get up on his feet, he immediately collapsed to the floor once again and many fans began to fear the worse.

Those fears were realised when a scan revealed that Holding ruptured his ACL and also tour his meniscus – an injury that would keep him out for six to nine months.

As he came to terms with the news, Holding reveals that Rashford did text him to apologise and wish him well.

“Marcus text me when the injury came out of what I’d done,” Holding told Arsenal Player.

“He just dropped me a text and just said: ‘hi mate, I’m sorry to hear about the injury, I didn’t mean it in any malicious way’.

“I didn’t take it as a personal attack on me, it’s just football. So I just replied to him: ‘yeah mate, don’t worry about it – it’s football. You didn’t even make a tackle you just sort of ran into me!'”

“I’ve got nothing but respect for him and wished him the best for the season, as long as they don’t finish above Arsenal.”

The tackle from Rashford seemed totally accidental at the time. In terms of looking at reasons for that injury, Holding’s position on the pitch could’ve been an issue.

He was deployed on the left of a back three and given that he is right-footed, he often had to check back onto his stronger foot when he was met with any pressure on the byline.

It was that movement that saw Rashford crash into his left knee which was planted in an awkward position.

Holding is only 23, and we certainly hope he comes back stronger!