Following their dramatic last-minute victory over Fulham on Saturday, the Manchester United squad came together for a team meal. However, there was one notable absence – the injured star, Marcus Rashford.

Erik ten Hag’s team had to rely on a late goal from their captain, Bruno Fernandes, to secure all three points in the capital. The hero of the match, Fernandes, was joined by several teammates at the MNKY HSE restaurant, with injured defender Lisandro Martinez also in attendance. Surprisingly, Rashford did not join the festivities.

Rashford had made headlines the previous week for celebrating his birthday at Chinawhite after United’s derby defeat. Manager Ten Hag had publicly labeled Rashford’s behavior as “unacceptable,” but he also confirmed that the young star had personally apologized to him.

Ten Hag explained, “It’s unacceptable. I told him, he apologized, and that’s it. For us, it’s an internal matter. He’s fitting in, he’s very motivated to put things right. I see him every day in training, what he’s doing, so I know. He makes one mistake, but also, off the pitch, I see what he’s doing, how he lives, and I’m sure he’s doing everything right to help the team and to perform and to let us win.”

On Saturday, Ten Hag clarified that Rashford’s absence from the Fulham game was due to injury, not disciplinary reasons. “He was traveling with us, but he’s not playing,” the Dutchman stated. “We did a test this morning, and he wasn’t good enough. He’s not fit. [He would’ve started] yes, we have to close that case. I’ve said everything about it.”

With Rashford watching from the stands, United faced challenges during the game at Fulham. Eventually, Fernandes found a way past Bernd Leno in the final minute to secure the victory.

The win sets a positive tone for Ten Hag’s team as they head into their midweek trip to Copenhagen. In their previous Champions League group game, they secured a narrow victory over FC Copenhagen, with Harry Maguire scoring the lone goal.

As they continue their campaign, the manager faces various selection decisions, including at center-back, where Maguire and Jonny Evans partnered against Fulham despite Raphael Varane’s return from injury.

United’s victory at Craven Cottage places them in the eighth position in the Premier League table at the end of the weekend. However, they still have ground to cover to secure a spot in the Champions League. After the game, Fernandes acknowledged the challenges they’ve faced despite the victory.

“Everyone knows the situation is not the best,” Fernandes remarked. “The performances over our last few matches have not been good, obviously, the results too. But today it was a different game. We had to show something different, and we delivered, getting the three points – that’s what mattered.”

Fernandes emphasized the team’s collective effort, saying, “It’s about the team, about what everyone does, everyone sacrificed, ran hard, worked hard, and you could see the reaction of the players trying to win the ball back. That’s what will be the change.”

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