Manchester United have released a statement in response to media reports about Marcus Rashford after he missed Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Newport County.
Rashford was absent from the club’s training session at Carrington on Friday after he reported ill but the England international was spotted at nightclubs in Belfast on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
A report fromThe Athleticclaims the 26-year-old went to Lavery’s Bar on Wednesday night before attending Thompsons Garage nightclub the following day.
Erik ten Hag refused to go into detail before Sunday’s clash against League Two side Newport but said: “He reported ill. Lets say, it’s an internal matter, I’ll deal with it. It’s an internal matter.”
On Monday morning, Rashford and one of his representatives arrived at Carrington following his absence from the FA Cup fourth round win, according to theManchester Evening News.
And on Monday evening, Manchester United released a statement on Rashford’s situation, confirming that he has returned to training and will be available for selection against Wolves on Thursday.
The statement, relayed byThe Athletic, read: “Marcus has taken responsibility for his actions. This has been dealt with as an internal disciplinary matter, which is now closed.”
Rashford will face a fine of two weeks’ wages, according toThe Sun, which equates to £650,000.
Plenty of people have had their say on Rashford’s absence, including former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer, who urged the player to not waste his talent.
Speaking toBBC Sportafter Erik ten Hag’s pre-match interview on Sunday, he said: “If it’s an internal matter, you’d think something is up.
“There’s a huge talent in there with Marcus Rashford. We’ve seen him be disciplined last season when he was late to a meeting before a game but something is clearly wrong – either at home or in his relationship with the football club.
“He can’t keep doing this, he can’t keep wasting his talent because it’s not right. He needs strong management, someone to get hold of him and tell him there’ll be huge regrets come the end of his career if he continues doing this.
“You can’t keep doing it, it needs sorting now. Thirty goals last season, four this season. When I see him play, it looks like he’s got the world on his shoulders so it needs sorting now because he can’t really deal with it.”
As mentioned in the latest update, Rashford will be available for selection for Manchester United’s trip to Wolves on Thursday evening.