Marcus Rashford’s birthday party hours after Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City was “unacceptable,” and the striker has apologized, says boss Erik Ten Hag.
The Pre-Planned Party:
The party that took place last Sunday night had been pre-planned, and it’s worth noting that attending this gathering did not hinder Marcus Rashford from arriving punctually for training on Monday.
Ten Hag’s Response:
Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, expressed his awareness of the situation and confirmed that he had a conversation with Rashford about it.
He did not mince words, describing Rashford’s actions as “unacceptable.” Rashford acknowledged his lapse in judgment and issued an apology.
Concerns About the Optics:
Ten Hag’s discontent was evident, particularly with the timing of Rashford being spotted in one of Manchester’s most exclusive nightspots shortly after a lackluster Premier League performance in which United was thoroughly outperformed.
The incident underscores the scrutiny and expectations faced by professional athletes, with their actions both on and off the field often subject to public and managerial scrutiny.
Rashford’s commitment to his responsibilities will likely remain in the spotlight as he strives to maintain a high level of performance for Manchester United.