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What’s happened to Marcus Rashford? Nightclub visits, worrying Man United stats, and why Erik ten Hag has a decision to make

Marcus Rashford has “taken responsibility for his actions” according to Manchester United after he missed their trip to Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round at the weekend. 

Rashford, who has struggled for form this season, was pictured at a nightclub in Belfast on Thursday night and reported ill for training on Friday morning.

This is not the first instance where manager Erik ten Hag has been let down by his forward this season. Just a few months ago, Ten Hag condemned Rashford’s “unacceptable” choice to visit a nightclub the night after Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City in November.

United are currently eighth in the Premier League table and travel to Wolves on Thursday night. In the same fixture last season, Rashford was dropped to the bench due to “internal disciplinary” reasons but came on and scored the winner. 

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What did Marcus Rashford do?

According to The Sun, the English international enjoyed back-to-back midweek nights out in the Northern Irish capital before missing training on Friday and claiming he was ill.

Following his absence, he was reportedly fined £650,000 – the equivalent of two weeks’ wages. He was also dropped from the squad that travelled to face Newport.

United ultimately didn’t need Rashford’s assistance as they progressed to the next round with a 4-2 victory. 

They will face either Bristol City or Nottingham Forest in round five. 

Will Rashford play against Wolves?

It’s been confirmed by various outlets that Rashford has returned to training and is understood to be available for Thursday night’s game against Wolves.

“Marcus has taken responsibility for his actions. This has been dealt with as an internal disciplinary matter, which is now closed,” a club statement read.

Ten Hag has been evasive on the situation, simply stating it was an “internal matter” and that he would “deal with” United’s top scorer from last season.

Marcus Rashford 2023/24 stats

Rashford has managed just four goals in 26 games this season, a real downfall from last season’s tally of 30.

As a result of that fantastic campaign, he signed a new deal in the summer to stay at the club until 2028 earning £325,000 a week.

Competition Games Goals Assists
Premier League 20 4 3
Champions League 4 0 2
FA Cup 1 0 1
League Cup 1 0 0

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