Man Utd forward Marcus Rashford has been dropped to the bench for the Red Devils’ Premier League clash at Wolves due to an “internal disciplinary”, Erik ten Hag has revealed.
Possibly the last player you would expect to miss a match over a disciplinary issue, Rashford was not named in Man Utd’s starting XI for their trip to Wolves on Saturday afternoon.
The 25-year-old started and scored against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening and has been in great form this term.
Alejandro Garnacho making the starting XI against Wolves was the only change from that win against Steve Cooper’s men.
It was certainly a surprise to see Rashford on the bench, and while he did not give much away, Man Utd manager Ten Hag said the England international would be amongst the substitutes following a “disciplinary” issue.
When pressed on the decision to drop Rashford during his pre-match interview with BT Sport, Ten Hag added only it was “our rules”.
Ten Hag did say, however: “We need impact from the bench.
“You need people who can impact the game when you need a goal or when you are leading and want to go the counter attack and keep the win.”
Without knowing the details, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes said Rashford was “stupid” in whatever he did to get dropped.
He told BT Sport: “He’s jeopardising his own form by being stupid, or whatever he’s done. I hope it doesn’t jeopardise the next six months of his season.”
The Red Devils will be looking to extend a four-match winning run through all competitions, while Wolves are aiming to climb out of the relegation zone.
Rashford has been linked with an exit in recent weeks with French champions Paris Saint-Germain eyeing a move.
The 25-year-old’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season, however, the club triggered a one-year extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2024.
PSG tried to sign Rashford last summer, while Real Madrid are also reportedly interested.
Rashford is currently on £200,000 per week with Man Utd and the club are hoping to tie him down to a new long-term contract.
He has reportedly rejected a £300k-a-week deal, with the Red Devils hoping to convince the forward to stay with a huge £400k weekly salary.
Rashford has been enjoying his football again this season. However, would the incident prior to the Wolves clash unsettle him?
I personally doubt it, but there does seem to be something in the water at Old Trafford these days.
Ten Hag was quizzed on Man Utd’s potential transfer business next month.
“We are looking for the right player,” he said. “It has to match sporting criteria and definitely financial criteria.
“We want to carry on in all the leagues by winning games and cups so you need numbers and good players to cover that. You also need competition so that you can make technical choices.”
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