Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer Marcus Rashford counselling following his night out in Belfast last week which consequently saw him skip training the next day. The forward has apologised for his actions and ‘accepted responsibility’ for misleading the club.
Rashford has endured a shaky season this term, scoring four goals in 20 Premier League appearances. The forward’s conduct away from the pitch has not instilled confidence that he can get back on track either, leading to several concerns being raised at United.
The 26-year-old missed training on Friday morning after partying with friends until the early hours of the morning in Belfast on Thursday. Rashford was spotted drinking until 3am despite telling the club that he would be going out on the Wednesday night.
Following his wild 12-hour drinking binge, the 26-year-old opted to skip training and called in sick, presumably as he was feeling the consequences of the night out. Rashford has since apologised to Erik ten Hag and John Murtough in talks, putting him back in contention to return to the starting XI this weekend.
According to the Daily Mail, United are taking the situation seriously and have insisted that there is professional help available to the academy graduate. Counselling sessions are available to all players and are ‘part and parcel’ of any top club, though it would rely on Rashford accepting the help.
The Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA) are also ‘ready’ to offer support to the winger if required as their player support team believes that he would ‘benefit’ from the care and support that they are able to provide.
Many individuals have stepped forward to personally contact Rashford as well and try and help him through what United worry is a ‘dark period’ for Rashford, both physically and mentally. Red Devils heroes Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney are both said to have been in contact with the No. 10.
Rashford will return to training on Wednesday morning, having had his apology accepted by Ten Hag to put himself back in the picture for his side’s trip to Wolves on Thursday evening.
There has been no indication as to whether the England international will start the match at the Molineux, though featuring for any amount of time would indicate that the forward is no longer in the bad books of his manager.