Man Utd to miss Rashford in the battle of the reds
Following the injury he sustained in the FA Cup match against Wolvehamton Wanderers at the Old Trafford during the week, Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford will miss the Premier League match against archrival Liverpool on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks it’s unlikely that Marcus Rashford will recover from his back injury in time for Manchester United’s trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
Solskjaer admitted his decision to bring Rashford on in the 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolves on Wednesday “backfired” after the United forward was forced off after only 16 minutes with the injury.
Rashford will undergo further assessments on Friday ahead of United making a late call over his fitness.
“I’m not going to hold my breath,” Solskjaer said. “I probably think he wouldn’t be ready.
“We’re going to give him the absolute amount of time to find out.”
Solskjaer says there is a lot more to come from his front three of Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial
Rashford has started every Premier League game for United so far this season and is the club’s top goal scorer with 20 in all competitions.
Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have also each hit double figures.
The trios have outscored Liverpool’s forward line of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but Solskjaer has remained reluctant to start all three together.
“We can see them three – and we’ve got them on long contracts – developing into a very exciting front three,” he said.
“I was here with Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney – that’s what we want as Man United supporters.
“You want to see them express themselves and go to places like Anfield and put fear into their defenders.”
Solskjaer insists there is “a long way to go” to get his front three to the level Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal at Liverpool.
We’ve got a long way to go to get them to the level that Liverpool have.
“You can see the rotations, movements, understanding between them,” he said. “We hope that our three will get that understanding in a while.
“I believe in ours, we’re going to add to them as well, but in the years coming I’m sure we’ll see lots of them three.
“But Liverpool have scored more goals than us this year so I’m not going to say that ours are better than theirs.”
Solskjaer knows how important the game is to Manchester United fans but he was also signed by a manager who was no stranger to dabbling in mind games ahead of such a fixture as this.
Rashford’s form and unpredictability make him a real threat to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s side would certainly prefer to face United without him.