Marcus Rashford injury: Manchester United suffered ‘twinge’ in AC Milan win, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Rashford forced off through injury during impressive United win at San Siro

Mark Critchley
Northern Football Correspondent
Thursday 18 March 2021 23:52
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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford was forced off through injury during Manchester United’s win against AC Milan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed, putting his involvement in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City in doubt.

The 23-year-old was replaced at half time by Paul Pogba, who went on to score the only goal of the game as United edged past the Serie A side at San Siro to progress to the Europa League quarter-finals.

Rashford has only recently returned from an ankle injury sustained in the Manchester derby earlier this month and is nursing a shoulder problem, which he may undergo surgery on later this year.

Solskjaer confirmed after the final whistle that his substitution of Rashford was enforced. “Marcus had a twinge, we couldn't take a risk with him,” the United manager said. “Hopefully he won't be too bad.

Of United’s first team squad, only Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have played more minutes than Rashford this season.

The England international, however, insisted this week that he is not at risk of aggravating his shoulder or suffering from burnout.

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“I just focus on the next game at hand and that's how I deal with [the shoulder injury],” he said. “What’s needed after we’ll deal with that after, but my main focus is just to be available for the games.”

“I know my body and I know what I can do physically and that's it. I take one game at a time and it's the life of footballer.

“We can rest when we retire and for now I want to play as much as I can. I recover from games quite well and from injuries I have no doubts, so I have no worries.”

Rashford was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad on Thursday for England’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland.

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