Erik ten Hag insists Manchester United players have to be disciplined on and off the pitch following Rashford’s partying scandal.
Rashford was absent from Manchester United’s 4-2 victory over Newport on Sunday after he was seen partying in Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Thursday, which subsequently saw him report ill to training on Friday.
Man United later said in a statement that “Marcus Rashford has taken responsibility for his actions” and that the “internal disciplinary matter” is closed. It has since emerged that Rashford has been fined £650,000 by the club.
In his press conference on Wednesday, Ten Hag insists Rashford has taken responsibility for his off-field behaviour and the case surrounding him is closed.
“He has taken responsibility and the rest is an internal matter. Case closed,” the Dutchman said.
Ten Hag was asked what disciplinary issues show about the respect players have for him.
He said: “It’s nothing to do with that. But, as I said, let’s focus on the game, let’s move on. I think the statement is clear and we have to focus on winning football games.”
The Dutch manager also said his players have to be disciplined on and off the pitch.
Ten Hag said: “Nothing to do with that with me.
“But in football you need discipline, and that is on the pitch but also off the pitch because also there is a line between. Every player knows this, every professional knows this, what is required.”