Marcus Rashford is a player PSG have well-documented interest in over the last couple of seasons, and it’s normal due to the current circumstances surrounding the Manchester United forward that the French club would begin to be linked again. Rashford is likely to be punished by manager Erik ten Hag after recently missing training despite being pictured on a night out in Belfast, and there are beginning to be questions raised as to whether this could be his last season at the club.
The agent of the player Dwaine Maynard arrived at Carrington this morning for talks with the club, but there has been no confirmation regarding the outcome of the meeting as of yet.
PSG No Longer Lurking:
We understand that PSG no longer view Marcus Rashford as a priority, and are not actively trying to pursue the Manchester United winger in any way. The situation was something the French club had a keen eye on before Rashford signed a new deal but since then the French club have turned their attention elsewhere.
There is admiration within the club for the player from several people, but at present it’s not something on their radar.
PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi spoke in the past about his desire to bring the 26-year-old to the Parc De Princes, but that was when he would have been available on a free contract. United are unlikely to part ways with their academy graduate for anything under £100m, meaning it’s a much different prospect for the Ligue 1 champions now compared to a year ago.
Should Rashford Move On?
Rashford’s behaviour to miss training after a night out is not good and it should be called out and punished by the manager, but some of the best players in the history of the club have done similar things and are still regarded extremely highly. Paul Scholes once refused to play for the club during a Worthington Cup tie in 2001 against Arsenal and was fined by then manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The situation was dealt with in-house, and all parties moved on. Scholes picked his form back up and a situation like that never took place again.
Wayne Rooney was also fined and dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson after turning up to training after a night out. He was deemed not fit to train by the manager after a night out with Jonny Evans and Darren Gibson in 2011. Ferguson never made the situation public and briefed the media like this when he pressed about the situation.
Wayne hasn’t trained well this week, he’s missed a few days and we’re hoping that he trains today, tomorrow and, by Wednesday, he should be OK
It’s not a new phenomenon, and it has also happened at other clubs. Pep Guardiola was pressed after Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker went out after Manchester City’s 5-0 win in the FA Cup over Fulham in February of 2022. The City manager joked that his players would be fined for not inviting him on the night out, and again kept the situation in-house as opposed to allowing the media to run wild.
As previously mentioned, Rashford should be punished and fined for failing to turn up to team training, but anything after that is a step too far. The club have forgiven players in the past for worse, and if he apologises to his teammates the situation should be dealt with quickly and moved on from.
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