Manchester United is expected to impose a significant financial penalty on Marcus Rashford following his absence from training and omission from the squad for the FA Cup game against Newport County.
Rashford cited illness as the reason for his absence, but reports suggest he was spotted clubbing in Belfast just before.
Rashford, 26, missed training on Friday and subsequently sat out of the match against Newport County, despite being seen at a nightclub in Belfast with former teammate Ro-Shaun Williams.
Although United’s first-team squad had a day off on Thursday, Rashford was allegedly seen at another nightclub that same night, despite having training the following morning.
The club is reportedly considering imposing a fine of £650,000 on Rashford, equivalent to two weeks’ wages, for his actions.
United manager Erik ten Hag, when questioned about Rashford’s absence, described it as an “internal matter,” refusing to provide further details.
Footage from Thompson’s Garage Club in Belfast surfaced, purportedly showing Rashford and Williams at the venue on Thursday, although United claims the footage was from Wednesday.
However, additional video evidence obtained by The Athletic suggests Rashford was indeed present at the nightclub on both nights.
A source revealed to The Sun: “When it was first suggested Marcus had missed training because he had been out the night before, he denied it.
It’s amazing that he thought he could go to a club full of people and claim it didn’t happen. The manager will feel very let down.”