Marcus Rashford STARTS for Man United against Wolves… as the forward is involved for the first time since missing training due to 12-hour Belfast tequila bender
- Rashford has not been involved with a group since the incident took place last week
- Manager Erik ten Hag often refused to address the events in the media
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Marcus Rashford has been named in the starting line-up for Manchester United for the first time since his challenging outing which saw him miss the FA Cup win over Newport.
United face Wolves in the Premier League tonight, their first league game since January 14, when they drew 2-2 with Tottenham.
Rashford has been involved with a United squad for the first time after footage emerged on social media last week showing the United forward entering Thompsons Garage nightclub in Belfast, before missing a training session at Carrington on Friday morning.
Rashford was in Ireland on Wednesday and Thursday and called in sick for training on Friday after being spotted in Northern Ireland just hours before he was due to report for training.
And now he is set to play for United against Wolves, starting up front alongside Rasmus Hojlund and Alejandro Garnacho as Erik ten Hag’s side look to keep an eye on the European places in the league table.
Marcus Rashford has been named in the starting line-up for Manchester United tonight
The forward has not been named in a squad since a 12-hour Belfast tequila bender last week
Manager Erik ten Hag has repeatedly refused to address the incident in the media since it happened last Thursday
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Ten Hag has regularly refused to address any questions about Rashford in the media, labeling the incident an ‘internal matter’.
Ten Hag stated that the official reason for his absence was due to ‘illness’ with reports claiming that Rashford went on a ’12-hour tequila bender’ and then angered several of his teammates after being absent from training.
When asked about his decision to start the Englishman, Ten Hag said:
“I didn’t choose him on Sunday, he took responsibility so case closed.”
He was then asked if he had anything to prove, adding: ‘Case closed, we’ll move on.’
Roy Keane, former United captain urged Rashford to focus on his football.
Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, brought to you by Sky Bet, Keane said: ‘We talk about him (Marcus Rashford), he’s a young lad, a lot of pressure and he’s local, but he doesn’t seem to want his more football .
‘It goes hand in hand, what happens off the field and on it.
‘Football seems like a chore to him, and it shouldn’t be. There is pressure on everyone there, but he is a big player for Manchester United. He has shown before that he can produce.
He added on Rashford, who tops the list of Premier League stars with the most expensive car collection: ‘The cars, the watches, all that is great, but don’t forget what comes first – your football.’
Rashford was spotted entering Belfast nightclub Thompsons Garage late last week
Andre Onana was also named in the starting line-up for United after his return from international duty
When United faced Wolves away from home last season, the 26-year-old was benched before the clash for oversleeping, before scoring and redeeming himself later in the game.
The Red Devils will jump to seventh in the standings with a win, but could themselves be leapfrogged by Wolves and slip to 10th if the result doesn’t go their way.
Elsewhere in the team, Andre Onana is back in goal after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.