Manchester United – Will Marcus Rashford & Erik ten Hag Be on Good Terms?


Soccer Football - Premier League - Leeds United v Manchester United - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - February 12, 2023 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and manager Erik ten Hag celebrate after the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith.

  • Sources say Marcus Rashford apologized to Eric ten Hag, the club, and his teammates.
  • Situation at Manchester United is calm unlike in the case of Jadon Sancho.

Marcus Rashford is making headlines for the wrong reasons for the second time in less than three months following an ill-advised night out.

“When you want to play top football, it demands a certain way of life, always,” Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said on Wednesday. “The player has to know what is good and not good. I do not have to educate them anymore. When you are playing for Manchester United, they should know.”

Rashford had only privately apologised to the club in October after he was spotted in Manchester city centre at a birthday party hours after a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford by Manchester City.

There was an unfortunate echo in the statement issued by United on Monday night after Rashford had met Ten Hag and football director John Murtough at United’s Carrington training ground much earlier in the day.

“Marcus has taken responsibility for his actions,” it said. “This has been dealt with as an internal disciplinary matter, which is now closed.”

The events of the past few days have raised more questions than answers regarding Rashford’s relationship with Ten Hag and the trajectory of the England forward’s career.

Rashford missed training on Friday, in the hours following a second night out in Belfast and an early morning flight to Manchester, with what United sources said was illness.

He has since returned to training and is in contention for selection at Wolves on Thursday.

We can only hope that the relationship between the manager and the player will not turn as sour as that of Jadon Sancho and the manager. Sancho was shipped back to Borussia Dortmund, his immediate former club (albeit on loan), in the recently closed Winter transfer window, after a saga that saw him being sidelined from training with the first team.

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