Bruno Fernandes, the captain of Manchester United, stood by his teammate Marcus Rashford after the team’s 4-3 victory over Wolves on Thursday night.
Rashford was notably absent from the squad that faced Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round due to reported ‘illness.’ However, it was later revealed that this absence was linked to an internal disciplinary matter related to Rashford missing training after a night out in Belfast that extended into the early morning hours.
Despite facing criticism for his form in the 2023/24 season, the 26-year-old returned to training and made an immediate impact against Wolves, scoring within five minutes of the match’s start. Fernandes commended Rashford’s resilience in responding to the events of the past week.
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Fernandes stated, “Marcus has been the same; this is what he is capable of doing. This season has not been great for everyone, not only Marcus, but we know some players get more scrutiny than others. Everyone has a point to prove, not only Marcus because of the news that came out or whatever he has done going into the media side. Everyone has to step up in games. It’s not only Marcus; it’s everyone else that is on the pitch.”
He emphasized Rashford’s understanding of what it means to be a United player and expressed confidence in his ability to handle the situation.
Earlier, former United captain Gary Neville defended Rashford’s right to unwind but advised considering the timing of such choices. Neville acknowledged the importance of players enjoying themselves but highlighted the significance of making responsible choices, particularly in relation to the team’s schedule and commitments.