Marcus Rashford wasn’t even close to featuring against Leicester City yesterday, the manager has confirmed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United struggled badly against Leicester City yesterday, that much was obvious. Outworked, outfought, outplayed. Brendan Rodgers’ side were miles better and there’s no getting away from that.
It would be easy to blame it on injuries, we’re not going to do that. Even with everyone fit, Leicester would still be progressing because they were dominant in every aspect.
However, before the game, we were provided with a worrying injury update on key star Marcus Rashford. Solskjaer confirmed he ‘wasn’t close’ to featuring’, while he had ‘no chance of walking on his foot’, which is a majorly concerning piece of news.
Check out what the gaffer had to say here:
“No, he wasn’t close,” Ole told BBC’s TV reporters, transcribed by ManUtd.com.
“We took him off and he thought he’d be ready but, yesterday, he had no chance of walking on his foot. The scans show there’s an injury there but, of course, we’ve got players coming back – Anthony [Martial] and Donny [van de Beek] coming back in, so there are positives as well.
”I don’t know [any timeframe for a return]. The doctor will speak to the English [FA] but I think he’ll travel and report for them. Maybe he’ll be fit for them.”
What worries me, even more, is that United are seemingly going to let Rashford go away with England on international duty. Given his foot, back, shoulder and ankle issues, I just don’t understand why the Old Trafford club are letting him travel.
Surely this two-week period would have been the perfect opportunity to let Rashford rest up and heal. After all, United are the club that are paying his wages, while games against San Marino are hardly going to cement his England legacy.
Let’s just put it this way, Fergie would never have allowed this to happen, particularly when United are still fighting it out to win the Europa League and deliver Solskjaer his first trophy.
Hopefully, Gareth Southgate has a bit of sense and either sends him back to Manchester when he sees how much agony Rashford is in. Or, at the very least, opts not to play him in any of the games.
Get well soon, Marcus!