Why Marcus Rashford is not in the Manchester United squad vs Fulham

Rashford sustained a heavy knock in United&aposs final training session on Friday and was unable to finish it. The 26-year-old travelled with the squad to London but failed a fitness test on Saturday morning. United manager Erik ten Hag selected a 22-man squad for the journey, which indicated there was a fitness issue.

Rashford&aposs absence comes a day after Ten Hag branded his decision to attend a birthday party on Sunday evening as “unacceptable”. United lost 3-0 at home to Manchester City hours earlier and Rashford&aposs removal was cheered by a section of the crowd at Old Trafford.

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Ten Hag upbraided Rashford and suggested he had meted out an unspecified punishment. “Yes, I am aware of it, I spoke with him about it. It&aposs unacceptable. I told him. He apologised and that&aposs it. For the rest, it&aposs an internal matter.”

Ten Hag refused to clarify if Rashford had been fined.