Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were the subject of an explicit chant by Leeds United fans, relating to their penalty misses in the final of Euro 2020. The two clubs, who have a fierce rivalry, met each other for their opening Premier League game of the season on Saturday afternoon.
Rashford and Sancho were subjected to racist abuse in the aftermath of the Euro 2020 final, with their missed penalties in the shootout against Italy contributing to the heartbreaking loss.
Much of the country rallied behind them, as well as Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka who also missed a penalty, in a show of support for their heroics over the summer.
Leeds fans pounced on their opportunity to take aim, however, with a song stating that they had ‘let the country down’.
In full, the chant stated: “Sancho and Rashford let the country down, you scum b*******.”
Neither Rashford or Sancho started the game against Leeds, with the former facing a period on the sidelines after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Sancho, meanwhile, had to settle for a spot on the bench after his £73million move from Borussia Dortmund.
The Old Trafford crowd received a major boost before the game, however, when new signing Raphael Varane was unveiled on the pitch.
The French World Cup winner is now officially part of the Red Devils’ set-up, having completed a move from Real Madrid which could set them back up to £41m.
The 28-year-old released the following statement: “Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football and the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down.
“There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies.
“Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.
“I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”
All those involved with the club are keen that the Frenchman’s arrival will steer United back towards their former glory.
United’s former centre-back, Rio Ferdinand, is one of those people, and he greeted the club’s new defender with the simple message: “Win, win, win.”