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Solskjaer: ‘Very many positives’ from Manchester United loss at Liverpool

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying his best to downplay the injury to Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United’s manager will be without his top scorer for 2-3 months after back surgery, and is already without playmaker Paul Pogba.

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All this after a sloppy 2-0 loss to rivals Liverpool and with news that a once-impending Bruno Fernandes transfer may not happen.

In fact, Sunday’s performance led many to believe United would have to pony up the extra money for Sporting Lisbon’s prolific attacking midfielder. Solskjaer isn’t read to say that.

From the BBC:

“We’ve had many injuries for big players this season. It’s just an unfortunate situation we’re in. We might look at some short-term deals as well that could take us through to the summer. We don’t desperately need a striker. If the right one is there and it fits for us (but) we’ve got players who are champing at the bit.”

As for the game, most of us saw United worked over until deep into the second half.

Solskjaer is not in that majority.

“The players gave us everything,” Solskjaer said. “Today we hung on a bit at the start of second half, but the last 25-30 mins we pressed them and pushed them back. I’m disappointed with conceding from a corner and with the last kick, but very many positives.”

Every time there’s a run of fixtures or tactics that give reason to believe Solskjaer might be growing toward something, he responds like this to a clear and obvious failure. If United can’t act in this transfer window, it can kiss the Top Four goodbye.

Rashford out for 2-3 months with back fracture

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Marcus Rashford isn’t on the team sheet for Manchester United’s Sunday visit to Liverpool.

Many expected that, but United fans will not be pleased to learn their star striker’s status has been downgraded.

NBC’s Arlo White announced that Rashford is set to miss 2-3 months after suffering a second fracture in his back. He had “carrying one” when he was hurt versus Wolves at midweek.

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Rashford aggravated an injury against Wolves at midweek in the FA Cup. He made sub appearances in both FA Cup dates with Wolves, but started eight other matches in a 34-day span. He went 90 minutes in five of those outings.

“He got knocks and jolted against Wolves and aggravated his back,” Solskjaer said before the match. “We will give him time before we put him back on the pitch. I wouldn’t expect to be having him in the next few weeks.”

The 22-year-old forward has 19 goals and five assists in 31 matches this season, and would’ve been key to any United hopes of ending Liverpool’s unbeaten season this weekend.

Next up for United are Burnley and Wolves in Premier League play.

United meets either Tranmere Rovers or Watford in the FA Cup next Saturday, and Man City in the League Cup semifinal second leg on Jan. 29.

Solskjaer: Man Utd star Rashford ‘probably’ misses Liverpool clash

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The good news for Manchester United supporters is that Marcus Rashford‘s back injury doesn’t seem a long-term worry.

That doesn’t help them much if he cannot go Sunday versus Liverpool, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks Rashford is a likely absence.

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Rashford limped off the field in United’s FA Cup defeat of Wolves, as Solskjaer said playing the well-used forward “backfired.”

There’s a chance Rashford can go Sunday, but Solskjaer won’t hold his breath.

From The Manchester Evening News:

“I can’t tell you now,” Solskjaer said. “As I said with Harry [Maguire] a few weeks ago, of course we’re going to give him the absolute amount of time to find out. We’ll do some more checks and treatment with him today, yesterday, of course, was just a recovery day and some treatment for him. I’ve not seen him this morning. I’m not going to hold my breath. I would probably think he wouldn’t be ready but let’s see. it’s 48 hours [away], more than that, so let’s see.”

Rashford made sub appearances in both FA Cup dates with Wolves, but started eight other matches in the last 34 days. He went 90 minutes in five of those outings.

The 22-year-old forward has 19 goals and five assists in 31 matches this season, and would be key to any United hopes of ending Liverpool’s unbeaten season this weekend.

Solskjaer talks Rashford injury, ‘finally’ beating Wolves

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was going to give Marcus Rashford his first match day off since Dec. 12.

He didn’t, and he regrets it.

Solskjaer plucked his star striker off the bench in the 64th minute and removed him 16 minutes later after a back injury hobbled the 22-year-old.

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“Yes, it backfired,” Solskjaer said, via the BBC. “You got to take them once in a while. He’ll be tested in the next few days – we have to see for Sunday. He couldn’t run. He struggled a little bit with his back and got another knock. It didn’t help.”

Rashford played just 20 minutes in the first meeting between the two on Jan. 4, but started eight other matches in the last 34 days. He went 90 minutes in five of those outings.

The injury, possibly minor, threatens to overshadow a terrific Juan Mata goal as Manchester United earned a date with either Watford and Tranmere Rovers in the fourth round.

The 1-0 win is United’s first over Wolves in six tries since the latter was promoted in 2018 (three draws, two losses).

“I think you can see it was two teams towards the end that were tired. End to end and an open game – sometimes that doesn’t suit us,” Solskjaer said. “We’re delighted to beat Wolves finally. Juan Mata is different class. He’s got the skill, composure and even pace.”

Mata’s looked great in consecutive matches, and he’s gonna need to do it more often if Rashford is unable to go for any prolonged period.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford injured in FA Cup v. Wolves

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Marcus Rashford limped off the Old Trafford pitch on Wednesday, putting a damper on Manchester United’s 1-0 lead over Wolves in an FA Cup replay.

Rashford was able to return to the pitch long enough to let Jesse Lingard warm up properly, which has to be considered a positive side.

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The 22-year-old held his back after getting treatment on the pitch, eventually crumpling to the turf.

Rashford has 19 goals and five assists in 31 matches this season, and would be key to any United hopes of ending Liverpool’s unbeaten season this weekend.

The Red Devils then face Burnley, Man City (League Cup semi second leg), Wolves, and Chelsea before restarting Europa League play on Feb. 20.

They’ll also meet Tranmere Rovers or Watford should they hold on to beat Wolves on Wednesday.