Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was left out of the starting XI at Wolves for disciplinary reasons. Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag confirmed the news when speaking to the media before the Premier League match on Saturday.
Rashford has been in fine form for United this season. He has already scored twice as many goals this term as he did in the entirety of the 2021/22 campaign.
So this latest setback will come as a blow to the England international. Rashford scored in the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
However, he was replaced by Alejandro Garnacho in the only change to the XI for the trip to Wolves. Ten Hag was immediately asked about Rashford’s absence when speaking to BT Sport.
He responded: “Internal disciplinary.” BT presenter Lynsey Hipgrave attempted to garner more information on the situation.
She asked if the Dutchman could expand on his answer. However, Ten Hag repeated the same two words and refused to go into further detail.
United legends Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand were in the BT studio when Ten Hag made the revelation. Scholes is impressed with the authority he showed.
Scholes said: “It’s difficult to know the truth really, internal disciplinary, you think lateness. But I love him, the way he’s honest, he’s got the lad in the form of his life who will be a big part today he’d be coming into this game expecting to score goals and win the game.
“To stand by his guns, we’ll see if it’s a wise decision. I love the way he deals with it.
“Marcus Rashford today would be the first name in the team but he’s obviously done something that’s upset him, the rest of the team. Marcus has paid for it.”
Ferdinand believes the decision will only have a positive impact on the United squad as a whole. He said: “You think back to when we played, if the manager showed weakness, it’s like the Cristiano Ronaldo situation, we can all have our opinion but the most important people are those in that changing room.
“If they’re responding to these decisions with respect, step out of line, you’re punished immediately. That can only be positive for this dressing room.”
Rashford’s long-term future at United is yet to be secured. The club triggered the option to extend his contract to 2024 earlier this month but talks continue over a longer deal.
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