‘Daft and stupid’ – Alan Shearer blasts Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford

Erik ten Hag branded the manner of the birthday celebrations unacceptable although refused to reveal whether he had been fined. The manager said the striker had apologised to the rest of the squad. It is understood Tyrell Malacia, currently out injured having not played since last season, also attended the party.

Rashford missed the 1-0 win over Fulham on Saturday after failing a late fitness test having picked up a knock in training the day prior. The England star, who turned 26 on Tuesday, has scored just one club goal all season.

Speaking on the Rest is Football Podcast, Shearer was asked by Gary Lineker what he thought of the situation given the Match Of The Day presenter had taken a more lenient stance.

Lineker began: Marcus Rashford was ticked off for going on a night out for his birthday celebrations following the defeat against Manchester City, and that was deemed unacceptable I think the words of Erik ten Hag.

Its just another thing, its not a big deal. If youve got a birthday and its after the game and you have it all planned, I mean footballers are human beings, you dont know whether you are going to win that game or not. You are shaking your head Alan (Shearer), you think Rashfords wrong and out of order?

Shearer responded: I dont care if its your birthday on a Saturday night. If you have been dumped 3-0 and its a terrible performance, you have got to read the room. The number of times that happened to me and to say we had a dinner planned or this planned.