Erik ten Hag speaks out on Marcus Rashford missing Man Utd training after nightclub visit | Football

Marcus Rashford has missed Manchester United’s FA Cup tie this weekend (MB Media/Getty)

Erik ten Hag says he will ‘deal internally’ with Marcus Rashford after the Manchester United forward missed the club’s FA Cup tie on Sunday.

It’s understood that Rashford missed Friday’s training session after reporting ill, however, the England international was seen at a nightclub in Belfast on Thursday evening.

United announced on Sunday before their FA Cup fourth-round tie away to Newport County that Rashford was not with Ten Hag’s matchday squad due to ‘illness’.

When asked to expand on Rashford’s absence for United’s FA Cup tie, Ten Hag told BBC Sport: ‘He reported ill.’

Asked about the forward’s reported nightclub visit earlier this week, Ten Hag said: ‘Let’s say it’s an internal matter, I’ll deal with it. It’s an internal matter.’

Asked if Rashford has been disciplined for missing training, Ten Hag replied: ‘Internal matter.’

Erik ten Hag says Marcus Rashford's decision to miss Manchester United training is an 'internal matter'

Erik ten Hag says Marcus Rashford’s decision to miss training is an ‘internal matter’ (BBC Sport)

Speaking after Ten Hag’s pre-match interview, former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer said of Rashford’s situation: ‘If it’s an internal matter thenyou’d think something is up.

‘There’s a huge talent in there with Marcus Rashford. We’ve seen him be disciplined last season when he was late to a meeting before a game but something is clearly wrong – either at home or in his relationship with the football club.

‘He can’t keep doing this, he can’t keep wasting his talent because it’s not right. He needs strong management, someone to get hold of him and tell him there’ll be huge regrets come the end of his career if he continues doing this.

‘You can’t keep doing it, it needs sorting now. Thirty goals last season, four this season.

‘When I see him play, it looks like he’s got the world on his shoulders so it needs sorting now because he can’t really deal with it.’

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