Marcus Rashford has been left out of Manchester United’s starting XI for Saturday’s trip to Wolverhampton for “internal disciplinary” reasons.
The England striker has been in top form for United this season and has looked especially good since returning from the World Cup.
He scored in each of United’s first two games since Qatar 2022 and also provided an assist in a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
Manager Eric ten Hag managed to get the most out of the 25-year-old after a particularly disappointing 2021-2022 campaign, but something behind the scenes has put a hurdle in Rashford’s path.
Asked why he pulled Rashford out of the team after looking so buoyant in United’s previous two games, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “Internal discipline. No [details]. Our rules.
“Now focus on the game. He is in very good shape and no one can play all the games.”
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This isn’t the first time Ten Hag has axed to punish United for club discipline: Cristiano Ronaldo was out earlier this season after refusing to take the pitch against Tottenham.
However, Rashford was named among the substitutes, while Ronaldo in this case was completely excluded from the squad.
Alejandro Garnacho was the one to benefit from Rashford’s relegation, and the 19-year-old lined up in attack with Anthony and Anthony Martial.
Luke Shaw retained his place in central defence, despite the fact that both Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire were in good enough shape to take places next to Rashford on the bench.
Also among United’s substitutes is the talented 17-year-old midfielder Cobby Mainu, who will make his debut for United if he enters the field.
World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez is still out despite returning to training this week; Diogo Dalot, who has also not played since the World Cup, misses again.