Marcus Rashford Faces Two-Week Fine for Nightclub Visit
The attacker was noticeably missing from the team on Sunday night as United defeated Newport County 4-2 in the FA Cup fourth round.
It was claimed in the days leading up to the match in South Wales that the England international had taken a scheduled break and flown to Belfast.
The 26-year-old was allowed to go out on the town on Wednesday night, but he was supposed to report to training on Friday morning.
That did not occur; according to Rashford, he informed United staff of his illness, which head coach Erik ten Hag then relayed to the media.
Rashford supposedly spent a second night in Belfast on Thursday, contrary to what he had reportedly told United, according to later reports.
Ten Hag said, “So he reported ill, for the rest it’s an internal matter, I deal with it,” in response to a question on the incident on Sunday. It’s an internal issue, as I mentioned.
“Not for me, but for you (it presents more questions than answers). I’ll handle it because it’s an internal issue.”
The Sun claims that in retaliation, United would fine Rashford a total of two weeks’ earnings, or roughly £650,000.
Ten Hag had criticised Rashford for going to a pre-arranged birthday party following the 3-0 loss to Manchester City on October 29. This is the second incidence of this kind in as many months.
Rashford has just experienced his best run of play in 2023–24, making four appearances across all competitions and providing a goal or an assist.
Currently, though, it’s uncertain if Rashford will be included in the starting lineup for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Premier League match at Molineux on Thursday.
Interestingly, a timekeeping error saw Rashford sent to the replacements’ bench for the match on New Year’s Eve of the previous season. Nevertheless, he was substituted in and scored the game’s winning goal.