Marcus Rashford’s birthday celebration at a nightclub a few hours after Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City has been deemed by Erik ten Hag as “unacceptable.”
After Ten Hag’s team lost the derby on Sunday afternoon, Rashford celebrated his 26th birthday that evening by attending an event at Manchester’s Chinawhite.
Ten Hag remarked, “I am aware of it; I spoke with him about it.” It is not appropriate. He apologised, and that was that, I told him. It’s an internal issue. I asked the manager if Rashford received a fine. He declared, “It is an internal matter.”
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Ten Hag benched Rashford from the starting lineup against Wolves in the previous season because of tardy timekeeping. Ten Hag was questioned on if Rashford’s behaviour on Sunday indicated the forward was out of step with the manager’s demands in light of this and how United is struggling.
Ten Hag remarked, “Your suggestion is not right.” “He has a strong desire to make things right. I am aware of the amount of work he is doing. He makes a mistake but it doesn’t suggest [mean] he is not fitting in. He makes one mistake but also off the pitch what he is doing, how he lives, I am sure he is doing everything properly to support the team.”
Ten Hag stated that while Rashford is fit to play against Fulham on Saturday, Casemiro will be out for several weeks due to a hamstring problem. Following their setback on Sunday, the holders were eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Wednesday after suffering a second 3-0 loss to Newcastle. Ten Hag refuted the claim that Rashford was brought on as a replacement to punish him, citing the bench appearances of Rasmus Højlund and Bruno Fernandes. “No, you’ve noticed that we rotated more,” he answered.
The losses for City and Newcastle add to the season’s unsatisfactory start. United is now eighth in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-place Aston Villa and seven behind fifth-place United. They have lost five of their last ten home games and only won one of their three Champions League games. Fifth place might guarantee a spot in the Champions League.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all failed to turn United into title contenders since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in May 2013. Ten Hag was questioned about whether the club’s structure prevented this.
“If I didn’t think it was wrong, I wouldn’t work here,” he declared. “There are tough times, but if you stick together, you can get through those tough times.” Ten Hag disputed that his job was in jeopardy and that United needed to defeat Fulham. “I never think in such scenarios—we have to win every game,” he declared, reiterating his belief in his team’s ability to salvage the campaign.