Marcus Rashford reveals why he was benched by Erik ten Hag for Wolves win

Marcus Rashford has confirmed he was late to a pre-match meeting ahead of Manchester United’s victory over Wolves on Saturday, which prompted Erik ten Hag to start him from the bench.

Ten Hag confirmed before the game that the decision not to start Rashford was a disciplinary one, but the narrative came back strong as the England international entered from the bench at half-time and went on to score the winner, even seeing a second goal ruled out for handball.

After the game, Rashford admitted he overslept before the match and understood why Ten Hag had to punish him.

“It’s the team rules, and it’s a mistake that can happen,” Rashford conceded to BT Sport after the game. “I’m disappointed not to play but I understand the decision and I’m happy we managed to win the game anyway.

“Hopefully we can draw a line under it and move on.”

Pressed for an explanation, Rashford confessed: “I was a little bit late for a meeting. I slept in, I overslept. It can happen.”

Ten Hag appeared happy to move on after the game, praising Rashford for his mature response to the decision.

“It’s good after the decision, Rashford came in,” the boss began. “He was bright, he was lively and he scored a goal to give a good reaction. Everyone has to adhere to the rules and if you react like this, it is the right answer.

“We were not that good in the first half. In my opinion the second half was better. Fred was winning second balls and linking play when he came on.

“In the first half, you analyse the game but sometimes things do not work as expected. Wolves did not create many chances and we did but you have to be sharp.

“I was not happy at half time and I told them with this attitude they will not win this game and everyone had to give 10% more.”