Marcus Rashford faces internal action as Manchester United grapples with team dynamics. He faced internal disciplinary measures from manager Erik ten Hag after reporting sick for training on Friday. The incident allegedly followed a night of partying in Belfast.
The England player was reportedly out drinking on Thursday night, boarding a private jet to Manchester in the early morning and ultimately missing the training session. Rashford's absence from Sunday's FA Cup victory at Newport County added fuel to the controversy.
Manchester United officially addressed the situation on Monday night, confirming that the incident had been handled as an internal disciplinary matter.
The Sun's report detailed Rashford's night out, claiming he was engaged in drinking until early morning before feeling unwell for the training session. The player and his agent-brother, Dwaine Maynard, held discussions with manager Erik ten Hag at the Carrington training base.
The club's statement emphasized Rashford taking responsibility for his actions, and the matter was considered closed after internal disciplinary measures.
However, specific details regarding fines or additional actions remain undisclosed. The statement confirmed Rashford's availability for Thursday's Premier League game against Wolves.
Marcus Rashford is in Erik ten Hag's bad books
Erik ten Hag, keen on avoiding prolonged controversies, swiftly addressed the issue, possibly learning from the Jadon Sancho incident in September.
The latter's disagreement with the manager led to his exclusion from subsequent matches before his loan move to Borussia Dortmund.
Rashford reportedly visited Belfast to meet a former United youth teammate, Ro-Shaun Williams, before engaging in a night out.
The Sun's report suggested that Rashford was on a tequila-fueled mission, eventually collapsing into bed around 3 a.m. The photographs circulating of his night out fueled disappointment among teammates.
The handling of Rashford's situation inevitably drew comparisons with legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson's approach to disciplinary matters. Ferguson's stringent standards, even in times of title contention, involved unique methods of conveying his dissatisfaction.
Former player Robin van Persie recalled an incident where two players were publicly shamed with photographs of their night out plastered on the dressing room walls.
Ferguson's disciplinary actions included dropping Wayne Rooney in 2011 for a boozy Boxing Day night out, resulting in a loss against Blackburn.
Rooney faced a fine equivalent to a week's wages. The legendary manager's uncompromising stance on player discipline contributed to the team's success and unity.
In contrast, Manchester United, currently under Ten Hag's management, faces challenges in the league, standing eighth and trailing 16 points behind leaders Liverpool. The Rashford incident raises questions about internal discipline and the team's ability to reclaim its former glory.
As the controversy settles, Rashford's availability for upcoming matches remains a focal point, while the internal dynamics of the team continue to be scrutinized.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag's disciplinary action against Marcus Rashford has sparked discussions similar to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The incident raises questions about the team's internal dynamics under current management, as the challenges faced by United, currently eighth in the league, are different from historical instances.
As Rashford's availability for upcoming matches remains uncertain, the aftermath remains a focal point for fans and pundits.