Erik ten Hag and Marcus Rashford barely speaking after nightclub incident

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British tabloid 'The Sun' claims that Marcus Rashford and his manager Erik ten Hag are barely on speaking terms since the captain partied with a friend in Belfast and called in sick to avoid training before the FA Cup game against Newport County. Although, publicly, the manager has forgiven him and said he has moved on, it still hurts that he tried to lie to him about some of the details of his absence.

1 month ago
Marcus Rashford, who has a serious, mature profile, surprised Manchester United fans in mid-January when, after scoring in a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, he travelled to Belfast to party for two days with a friend in Northern Ireland. The partying went on longer than planned, so, unfit to train for the match against Newport County in the FA Cup, he called in sick to the club.
Erik ten Hag eventually found out what had happened, as did the British press, who claim they have barely spoken to each other since. More specifically, it is the tabloid 'The Sun' that brought this information to light. Although the tactician, in his press conferences, has shown a posture of forgiveness and of having turned the page, it seems that, behind the scenes, he does not speak to his captain very much.
If true, the Dutchman is not allowing it to influence his decisions on the pitch, having started him against Wolves, West Ham United, Aston Villa, Luton Town and Fulham in his side's most recent Premier League outings. In fact, against Wolves it was his first appearance on the pitch after the controversy and he silenced his critics with a goal.
However, he has failed to score in the last four games, and even so, his coach has continued to put his faith in him. With just five goals in 31 appearances this season, the home-grown player is suffering a slump in a career that, in last season's campaign - 30 goals in 56 appearances - looked set to continue to rise in line with United's progress in the Champions League.

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