REVEALED: Manchester United stars are ANGRY with Marcus Rashford over his latest lapse of discipline after he was spotted in a Belfast nightclub before missing training through illness
Marcus Rashford’s team-mates are angry with the Manchester United star over the latest discipline that has landed him in trouble with manager Erik ten Hag.
United released a statement on Monday evening saying Rashford ‘accepts responsibility’ for his actions following talks with Ten Hag.
Sources have confirmed that Rashford has returned to training and is fit for Thursday’s trip to face Wolves at Molineux.
But senior players are said to be unhappy with Rashford after it emerged he was in a Belfast pub the night before he missed a training session at Carrington on Friday morning.
They were dismayed to discover the real reason for his absence in the build-up to United’s trip to Newport County in the FA Cup, which is the club’s only realistic chance of a trophy this season.
Marcus Rashford’s team-mates are angry with the Manchester United star over the latest lapse in discipline which has landed him in trouble with manager Erik ten Hag
Senior players are said to be unhappy with Rashford after it emerged he was in a Belfast pub the night before a training session at Carrington on Friday morning.
Ten Hag vowed to ‘trade’ Rashford after Sunday’s FA Cup win at Newport County, and his team-mates were also upset when they discovered the real reason for his absence.
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‘The players were told he was too ill to train and then it turned out he was in the nightclub. They couldn’t believe he would do that, given the situation the club is in,” a source said.
Rashford arrived at Carrington yesterday morning in his Lamborghini Urus to hold talks with Ten Hag and other senior figures, followed by his brother and agent Dwaine Maynard.
A club statement read: ‘Marcus has taken responsibility for his actions. This was dealt with as an internal disciplinary matter, which has now been closed.’
Ten Hag said after the win at Newport that he would ‘deal’ with Rashford.
The manager has the power to fine the player up to two weeks’ wages, which would amount to around £630,000, although it is unclear what punishment was handed out.
After Rashford’s latest offense in Belfast, his camp seemed to have only made matters worse by deceiving United.
They claimed that footage of the player entering the Thompsons Garage club in Belfast was taken on Wednesday night before a planned day, and not on Thursday.
However, it emerged that Rashford was in another nightspot, Lavery’s Bar, on Wednesday before being filmed in Thompsons Garage on Thursday in the same outfit he was pictured in at Northern Irish club Larne FC earlier in the day.
Rashford was spotted entering Belfast nightclub Thompsons Garage earlier this week
Thompsons Garage is located in Belfast city center and is open seven nights a week – Rashford reportedly attended on Thursday
Rashford flew home by private jet the next morning but said he was too ill to train, and was left out of the trip to Newport for the same reason.
According to the club, he remained at Carrington to train while he recovered. However, a clearly irritated Ten Hag said afterwards that it was an ‘internal matter’ and would not elaborate when asked.
It is the second time this season that the Dutchman has had to deal with the fallout from Rashford’s nightclubs.
Ten Hag branded the player’s behavior ‘unacceptable’ in October after celebrating his 26th birthday with family and friends at Chinawhite, immediately after United lost to Manchester City in the Old Trafford derby.
The night out in Belfast was another challenge to Ten Hag’s authority after the manager had to deal with disciplinary issues surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.
Ronaldo’s contract was terminated and Sancho had to train alone at Carrington for five months before going on loan to his old Borussia Dortmund this month.
With new part-owners Ineos casting a keen eye on every area of the club, including the value for money of the squad, even a player of Rashford’s ability is not untouchable.
The England forward finished with 30 goals last season before signing a new £315,000-a-week contract in July, but has scored just four times for United this term.
Ten Hag will speak to the media again on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s game at Wolves, and he will face more questions about the Rashford issue.
Rashford previously risked the wrath of Ten Hag after going out on a night out following Man United’s 3-0 defeat by Man City in October