Top Manchester police on Rashford’s racial grill.

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These hateful words have no place anywhere in our society whether online or otherwise.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they have launched an investigation after several Manchester United players were targeted by racist abuse on social media in recent days.

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Defender Axel Tuanzebe and striker Anthony Martial both found themselves facing a flurry of horrific abuse in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United, and Marcus Rashford became the latest to be targeted after the 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Tuanzebe was viciously targeted after the Sheffield United loss | Visionhaus/Getty Images

“We are aware of a number of Manchester United football players suffering abuse on social media accounts between Wednesday 27 January and Saturday 30 January 2021,” a statement from GMP read on Twitter.

“Nobody should be subject to such abuse and it is deeply upsetting not only to those who suffer it, but to all those who come across this awful language too.

“A number of these comments have been reported to us and we are liaising with those involved to procide support and we will be investigating these crimes thoroughly.”

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Rashford described the abuse directed towards him as ‘humanity and social media at its worst’, warning those responsible that his pride towards the colour of his skin would never be broken by some so-called fans online.

Marcus Rashford was target by racist abuse online | Michael Regan/Getty Images

On the abuse directed towards Rashford, a spokesperson for Facebook told the BBC: “There is no place for racism on Instagram and we are committed to removing it when we find it.

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