Man United win, but injury concerns mount as Solskjaer admits uncertainty over Rashford
The bad news? Apart from the seemingly unstoppable force that is Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, the Red Devils might soon find themselves in the midst of an injury crisis.
With Anthony Martial potentially out for the rest of the season with a knee injury – admittedly no great loss, given his propensity to disappear like Jho Low in most games anyway – United fans probably expected Marcus Rashford to take on the mantle of leading the line for the team.
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And lead the line he did against Brighton, with the 23-year-old even getting himself on the scoresheet with a well-taken goal in the 62md minute.
However, Rashford had to be taken off barely 10 minutes later after coming off second best in the tackle, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that he does not yet know how long the England international will be out for.
Speaking to the official United website, Solskjaer said: “He got caught with a tackle so he had to come off. Marcus doesn’t want to miss any games or any minutes…your fingers are crossed and you hope he's going to recover from it. He had to come off but he's a tough one, so let’s see how he goes again.”
Should Rashford’s injury prove to be more serious than initially thought, United will have no choice but to rely on pensioner Edinson Cavani to see them through for the rest of the season.
Alternatively, Solskjaer could take a punt on young Mason Greenwood, who scored the winner against Brighton with a diving header in the 83rd minute.
Reflecting on Greenwood’s performance, Solskjaer gushed: “I'm pleased with his overall performance again, it was very good. He was bright, tidy, clean on the ball, hit the post, and had an effort that went over the bar, maybe deflected, in the second half.
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“When he gets those goals, we know that he's going to add another dimension to his game. I'm very, very pleased.”
United will next take on Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals this Friday morning (SGT), before facing former manager Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham Hotspur side on Sunday evening.