Marcus Rashford has been named in the Manchester United starting lineup for Thursday’s Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers a week after missing training following his trip to Belfast.
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.
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The club said on Monday Rashford had “taken responsibility for his actions” and was available for selection once more, before manager Erik ten Hag said during Wednesday’s pre-match press conference the case was “closed”.
“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.
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