Manchester United's Marcus Rashford has exposed the disgraceful aftermath to his side's Europa League final defeat, after revealing that he received dozens of racist messages on social media from disgruntled fans.
United remain without a major trophy in four years after being beaten by Spanish side Villarreal 11-10 in a dramatic penalty shootout in Poland.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw in Gdansk after United striker Edinson Cavani cancelled Gerard Moreno's first-half opener.
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Neither side was unable to break the deadlock in extra time, with United goalkeeper David de Gea missing the final spot-kick in a crazy shootout.
Despite converting his own penalty in the shootout, Rashford had an unhappy match against the Spanish side as he squandered possession on countless occasions and failed to offer his usual attacking threat.
In a disgusting fallout to the defeat, the 23-year-old attacker revealed after the match that he'd been subjected to "at least 70 racial slurs" on social media.
Sadly, it's by no means the first time Rashford has been racially attacked by fans, with the forward taking a stand against the abuse in January.
“Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am,” Rashford wrote after receiving abuse in January.
“No one is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.”
The latest shocking attacks against Rashford led to an outpouring of support on social media, where condemnation of the racist abuse was fierce.
A bitterly disappointed Rashford addressed media after the match against Villarreal to insist that his side would come out the other side stronger.
"The feeling inside is difficult to explain," Rashford said to BT Sport.
"We came here to win. We've been working so hard all season and this was the opportunity to win a trophy and it didn't happen for whatever reason.
"We have to get rid of the disappointment and look back at the game and see what we did wrong. The team will not give up - no chance. The manager won't allow us to give up. We will come next season with bigger desire.
"Second doesn't count for nothing. Manchester City win the league, we finished second. Doesn't mean nothing. Villarreal won the Europa League, we finished second.
"For us it's nothing. I don't want to here 'they were so close' because it means nothing. One winner, one loser. Today we lost. We have to find out why and make sure next time we don't lose."
Man United 'didn't turn up'
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted afterwards that his side simply "didn't turn up" for the final.
"It's quiet, a disappointed dressing room. That's football for you. Sometimes it's decided on one kick - and that's the difference between winning and losing," Solskjaer told BT Sport.
"We didn't turn up. We didn't play as well as we know we can. We started alright and they got the goal, their only shot on target. We were disappointed to concede a goal on a set play.
"We pushed, we pressed, we got a goal. After we scored we didn't control the game or dominate as we wanted."
Villarreal finished seventh in La Liga, but the win over United sees them jump from next season's inaugural Europa Conference League into the Champions League group stage.
"We didn't manage to get to the Champions League through the league SO to get through with our first title is amazing," former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin said.
"Obviously to beat them in the final was something special.
"We will try to celebrate (despite Covid) because it's something special for the club."
Villarreal's only previous silverware had been the Spanish third division in 1970 and two Intertoto Cups in 2003 and 2004.
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