Manchester United confirms that forward Marcus Rashford ‘has taken responsibility for his actions’ following reports of him being spotted in nightspots in Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
The English international was absent from training at Manchester United on Friday due to reported illness and did not participate in the team’s 4-2 FA Cup victory over Newport on Sunday.
A United statement read: “This has been dealt with as an internal disciplinary matter, which is now closed.”
Rashford is back in training.
The 26-year-old will be available for selection for United’s Premier League trip to Wolves on Thursday.
“He reported ill. The rest is an internal matter and I will deal with that,” said boss Erik ten Hag after Sunday’s win in Wales.
On that day, Rashford underwent training at Carrington. The matter was addressed by Ten Hag, football director John Murtough, and interim chief executive Patrick Stewart.
Rashford, accompanied by his brother Dwaine, who is part of his representation team, was present at United’s training ground on Monday.
This incident marks not the first time Rashford has faced issues with the club this season. Previously, he was excluded from the starting lineup for their Carabao Cup fourth-round defeat against Newcastle in November as a disciplinary action.
On that occasion, Ten Hag expressed dissatisfaction with Rashford being spotted celebrating his birthday in one of Manchester’s most exclusive nightspots shortly after being involved in a disappointing 3-0 defeat by Manchester City.
Rashford was also put on the substitutes bench for United’s Premier League game at Wolves last season after oversleeping and being late for a team meeting. He subsequently scored the winner after his introduction from the bench.
The frontman has only scored four goals for United this season after hitting a career-best 30 last season.
‘He’s shown no respect for Ten Hag’
Former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, said: “Rashford hasn’t helped himself.
“I think he’ll outlast Ten Hag but this can’t go on. Something has to give. He’s shown he has no respect for Ten Hag or his team-mates. I think it’s appalling.
“Everyone knows the line. This isn’t his first misdemeanour. Why does he keep poking Ten Hag like this?”
Leicester City defender Conor Coady, who has played with Rashford for England, added: “Seeing him like this doesn’t fit, it doesn’t seem right to me. Something is there that we don’t know about.
“You see the stories coming out and wonder what’s going on? Something’s happening. To know him and realise how much of a top lad he is, you wonder is there something more to it.
“These things don’t get out at other football clubs, they only seem to get out at Manchester United. Whenever we read these things, they always seem to come out at Man Utd.”
Former England striker Alan Shearer said on BBC One on Sunday: “There is a huge talent in there with Rashford. We saw him be disciplined last season when he was late for a meeting and he actually missed a game, but something is clearly wrong, either at home or with his relationship with the football club, because he can’t keep doing this.
“He can’t waste his talent, it’s not right and he needs strong management and someone to get hold of him and say: ‘You know what, if you get to the end of your career and have huge regrets, you can’t have that.'”