Erik ten Hag is having a lot of trouble in bringing utmost discipline to his Manchester United squad amid pressure on him to produce definitive results or be replaced as their manager.
The Dutchman has endured a difficult campaign in which the Red Devils were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League group stages and are far behind in the Premier League top-4 race.
To make matters worse, Marcus Rashford – who seemingly started picking up his form by scoring in the last two Premier League games – got in a bit of trouble after being seen partying in a nightclub at Belfast during United’s winter break and then being unable to play their recent FA Cup clash against Newport County citing ‘sickness’.
It was rather clear that the ‘sickness’ might have been due to the partying and that Rashford had lied about his condition.
Ten Hag ended up holding a meeting with the winger and his representatives, in which Marcus apologized for his actions and has been restored to first-team activities and will be available for selection going forward.
Ten Hag confused some fans with his actions, especially considering how he punished and exiled Jadon Sancho for being unprofessional after he tried to publicly undermine the manager earlier in this season.
The Dutch manager was asked about why he treated the two forwards differently for their poor actions and said: “We can sort out everything internally. Jadon chose to go public.”
Sancho’s decision to post a tweet for the whole world to see ended up causing his downfall at Old Trafford, and he’s now been loaned out to Borussia Dortmund.