Rashford’s red card in Champions League adds to turbulent period for Manchester United forward

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Marcus Rashford’s difficult start to the season at Manchester United just got a bit tougher. The England forward was shown a straight red card in the 42nd minute of United’s match at FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday for stamping on opponent Elias Jelert. Rashford appeared to be trying to shield the ball but landed his studs on Jelert’s left ankle. Rashford threw his hands up in disgust when the red card was brandished.

United was leading 2-0 at the time of Rashford’s sending-off at Parken Stadium but went into halftime 2-2 as the visitors struggled to cope with 10 men. Rashford has scored just one goal in all competitions this season, failing to replicate his form of last season. Off the field, he was reprimanded by United manager Erik ten Hag last week for his decision to go to a nightclub for a pre-arranged birthday party hours after a 3-0 loss to Manchester City. Ten Hag said Rashford’s conduct was “unacceptable” and the player had apologised.

Rashford missed the Premier League match against Fulham on Saturday, a day after Ten Hag’s criticism. United said Rashford’s absence was because of a heavy knock to his leg in training and that he failed a fitness test before the game. He was fit enough to start against Copenhagen four days later.

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