Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has presented no assurance that Marcus Rashford will play over this period and be ready for Euro 2020. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Manchester United’s manager thought the twenty-two-year-old striker would be out for a few months with a dual pressure fracture to his back but would not require surgical treatment. Solskjaer said such an injury usually required 6 weeks to settle, followed by therapy.
When it was put to him on Tuesday there was concern Rashford could be out until next season, he provided no assurances on a timescale. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“Marcus is going to get as long as he needs to get fit,” Solskjaer said. “I have got the best medical staff in the country and I am sure when Marcus comes back he will be 100%.”
Solskjaer acknowledged the trial was to stop Rashford’s nonexistence from disrupting United’s season. “That’s the million-dollar question for us because Marcus has been fantastic,” he said.
“Someone’s got to step up. If we find something in the transfer market, that might be one solution. We are looking at different scenarios. We know Marcus is out for a few months but the best solution is players stepping up.”
Rashford has 19 goals, with 14 in the league, six more than Anthony Martial, United’s second-highest scorer. It was also put to Solskjaer that when Romelu Lukaku, United’s top scorer of the past two seasons, left in the summer he should have been replaced in case of an eventuality such as Rashford’s injury.
“Of course but we are planning all the time,” he said. “We knew we were a forward light when Romelu went and Alexis Sánchez went but you’ll not see Anthony, Marcus and Mason Greenwood do as well as they’ve done unless you give them the chance. Harry Hindsight he’s quite clever.”
Solskjaer also defended his handling of Rashford, who was injured after coming on against Wolves in the FA Cup, in the wake of criticism by Ian Wright. Euro 2020 fans can book Group D Euro 2020 Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“I never put myself before the team,” he said.
With Marcus, he’s had minor discomfort in his back since the Burnley game on 28 December. We’ve had scans, we’ve monitored him. There’s not been any injury there. He’s had complaints, yes. I had a discussion and conversation with him the day before or two days before Wolves last week. He felt fine.
He was very inflexible that if wanted he could do half an hour since we want to go over in the Cup because it’s a big contest for us.
“ That shows you Marcus’s attitude. That was the second day after we played Norwich. He had an extra day of treatment and recovery because we wanted to give him all the chance to be ready for the coming games. He had no complaints training the day before the game. He looked very free and when I asked him if it was OK to be on the bench, the response was no problem.”
When Rashford came on alongside Wolves he hurt the rupture but Solskjaer said “You know we monitor and take risks not risks, we have to manage players every single day, loads of things that Ian Wright or anyone doesn’t know about. The medical staff here are very good.”
Solskjaer denied Rashford had a single stress fracture before Wolves, then elaborated on a device called Melmak Rashford uses for his back.
“I don’t think he’s used it a lot,” Solskjaer said.
“I don’t know. I cannot micro-manage every player. Marcus is a player who wants to make sure he tries absolutely everything to maximize his career. It’s probably something he’s initiated with the medical staff, as well. He’s had issues before with his back and he’s always played with them. He’s never complained really.”
For me, we lost to Liverpool, a team that you all say is fantastic, and we’ve been in the game until the last kick. And, for me, that’s strides forward. We’re disappointed losing the game, we don’t want to be behind them but there were signs we are on the right track.
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