Erik ten Hag insists Marcus Rashford ‘case closed’

Erik ten Hag insists the Marcus Rashford case is “closed” after his trip to Belfast was dealt with internally by Manchester United.

The Manchester United manager did not hint as to whether Rashford would be available for selection for Thursday’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers after United issued a statement on Monday explaining he had “taken responsibility for his actions” following the disciplinary matter.

The Athletic reported Rashford went out in Belfast last Thursday night before reporting himself as too ill to attend Manchester United training the following day.

“He has taken responsibility and this is an internal matter,” Ten Hag said. “Case closed.”

When asked about Rashford’s reaction, Ten Hag replied: “As I said, case closed.”

The 26-year-old returned to training this week, having been missing from the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Newport County.

Rashford attended a meeting with his brother and agent Dwaine Maynard, football director John Murtough and Ten Hag at Carrington on Monday, with United wanting to establish the truth about last week’s events in Belfast.

United were informed that Rashford was out in the Northern Ireland capital on Wednesday night but the player also attended a nightclub the following evening, hours before being scheduled to report for a club training session.

Rashford attended Thompsons Garage nightclub in the Northern Ireland capital on Thursday night, returning to Manchester on a private flight the following morning.

Ten Hag denied the matter said anything about the respect players have for him or the discipline measures he has in place.

“It is nothing to do with that with me,” he said. “Let’s focus on the game and move on. I think the statement is clear and we have to focus on winning football games.”

Asked about whether he was imposing the right discipline on his squad, Ten Hag continued: “It is nothing to do with me. In football, you need discipline, and that is on the pitch and also off it.

“There is a line between, when every player, every professional knows this, what is required. We have to focus on winning football games and that’s all that matters and every top professional knows this.”


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