Paul Scholes has backed Erik ten Hag’s decision to drop Marcus Rashford from the Manchester United starting XI.
Rashford lost his spot in the team for the trip to Wolves due to “internal disciplinary” reasons, with Ten Hag refusing to disclose any further details other than to say he was upholding their “rules”.
And that earned the United boss praise from club legend Scholes, who told BT Sport: “It’s difficult to know the truth really, internal disciplinary, you think lateness. But I love him, the way he’s honest.
“He’s got the lad in the form of his life who will be a big part today, he’d be coming into this game expecting to score goals and win the game. To stand by his guns, we’ll see if it’s a wise decision.
“I love the way he deals with it. Marcus Rashford today would be the first name in the team but he’s obviously done something that’s upset him, the rest of the team. Marcus has paid for it.”
Ten Hag has laid down the law at Old Trafford this season having arrived amid a crisis on and off the pitch in the summer. He refused to back down to Cristiano Ronaldo, which ultimately led to his exit from the club.
Rashford scored and assisted in a 3-0 win against Nottingham Forest in United’s previous match on Tuesday (December 27), but Ten Hag didn’t let that influence his decision.
He said: “Internal disciplinary. No [details]. Our rules. Now focus on the game. He is in very good form and no-one can play all the games.”
Alejandro Garnacho was brought in to replace Rashford in the only change to the United team to face Wolves at Molineux.