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Marcus Rashford ‘takes responsibility for actions’ after Belfast trip and available for Manchester United selection

Manchester United say Marcus Rashford has “taken responsibility for his actions” and will be available for selection for the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday.

The Athletic reported Rashford went out in Belfast on Thursday night before reporting himself as too ill to attend Manchester United the following day.

United say the disciplinary matter has been dealt with internally and is now closed.

The 26-year-old will return to training and is back in contention for selection, 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 manager Erik ten Hag at Carrington on Monday, with United wanting to establish the truth about last week’s events in Belfast.

Sir Dave Brailsford also spoke separately to the United squad on Monday, explaining the INEOS approach to sporting excellence and the importance of standards.

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.

Rashford attended Thompsons Garage nightclub in the Northern Ireland capital on Thursday night, returning to Manchester on a private flight the following morning. 

Both Manchester United and Rashford’s camp declined to comment when contacted by The Athletic.

United said ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup match that Rashford was unavailable through illness and that he had stayed at their Carrington training facilities to continue his recovery. It is understood he trained alone at Carrington on Sunday.

At full-time, Ten Hag insisted when asked to give further information on the forward’s unavailability: “He reported ill. The rest is an internal matter. I will deal with it.”

In November, the United boss described Rashford attending a nightclub after his side’s 3-0 defeat in the Manchester derby as “unacceptable”.

“I spoke with him about it. It’s unacceptable. He apologised and that is it. For us it’s an internal matter,” Ten Hag said.

“He’s very motivated to put things right. He’s totally with us.

“He has made a mistake but that doesn’t say he’s not fitting in. I see him every day in training, what he’s doing, I know.”

Additional reporting: Mario Cortegana

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