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Man United star Marcus Rashford is closing in on a return to full fitness as the young striker continues to recover from a serious back injury.

Rashford, 22, suffered a double stress fracture in his back in January and it looked like his season was over for Man United and England.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic halting the season, Rashford is now set to be ready for the final months of the campaign, whenever the Premier League season resumes.

Speaking to our partners in the UK Sky Sports News, Rashford revealed he is close to a full recovery.

“I feel much better. I have a scan in another couple of days and that should solidify it, but I feel much better compared to two or three weeks ago,” Rashford said. “I feel 10 times better now. For me, now it’s just about getting ready to build up back up to training and then playing games for the team. I’m in a much better place. I’m much happier than I was about a month ago so things are looking positive.”

Man United would gain a huge boost from having Rashford back fit and available as Anthony Martial, Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood have stepped up admirably in his absence but there’s no doubt he has become Man United’s main man.

Rashford had scored 19 goals in 31 games in all competitions for Man United before his injury and that is his best tally of goals in his young career so far.

With Rashford on the left, Martial up top, Bruno Fernandes in the hole and Daniel James on the right, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the perfect blend of pace, power and creativity and he now has Ighalo and Greenwood to jump off the bench and mix things up when needed.

Man United are three points off the top four with nine games to go and have momentum as Solskjaer’s boys are 11 games unbeaten in all competitions and are hitting top gear at the perfect point in the season before the suspension arrived. Rashford’s return should only continue that resurgence, whenever games return.

Solskjaer admits Rashford’s season may be over, Euros in jeopardy

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Wednesday that Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford suffered a setback in his recovery from a stress fracture in his back, and that he may not return before the end of the Premier League season. In addition, Solskjaer admitted there is a chance that Rashford’s availability for England in this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament could be in jeopardy.

Speaking ahead of United’s visit tomorrow to Club Brugge in Europa League action, Solskjaer said that he hopes Rashford can make a return, but that it’s certainly in question as he will be out “another few months definitely.”

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“It will just be touch and go towards the end [of the season],” Solskjaer said. “Hopefully we can get through this tournament and prolong the season. It takes time, I’m not a doctor. I was hoping he would recover quicker than what it looks like he’s going to be out for.”

When asked about his potential availability for selection at the Euros this summer, Solskjaer said, “If he’s not fit enough he won’t go.”

It seems that Manchester United expected Rashford to be back “He had a scan and it was maybe more severe, that fracture, than what we hoped for and expected, he felt fine the few days before that. And I’ve never had anatomy in school, so I didn’t know it just takes that time to recover.”

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News of a potential injury to Rashford cropped up during the Premier League match against Norwich City game on January 11, when he was withdrawn after 59 minutes. Solskjaer admitted later that Rashford needed rest, but decided to risk the 22-year-old England international anyways against Wolverhampton Wanderers in an FA Cup replay four days later, a decision he later came to publicly regret. Rashford came off after just 16 minutes and it was later announced that he had aggravated his injury from a single stress fracture to a double stress fracture.

After the Wolves match, Manchester United announced a 2-3 month timetable for Rashford’s return, meaning he could be back by late March or early April. Now it seems he could be done for the year, and England’s Euro adventure may suffer as well.

Solskjaer begs for hard-nosed striker at Man United

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pleading with Manchester United ownership for a striker with character, drive, and a fearless style of play.

Following Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Manchester City that wasn’t enough to secure advancement to the Carabao Cup final, Solskjaer was clear about what his team needs as the January transfer window comes to a close in the next few days.

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“We need more goalscorers, more goals, someone who wants to break their nose or toe to score,” Solskjaer said after the match. “It doesn’t always have to be nice goals. I need to challenge them more.”

The need comes in the absence of starting striker Marcus Rashford who is out two to three months with a double stress fracture in his back. Solskjaer had Rashford playing through injury due to the lack of options at the club, and that seemed to backfire.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic scored the lone goal for Manchester United in the win over Man City, but the Red Devils could not get enough production to overcome an eventual 3-2 aggregate loss over the two legs, with Solskjaer admitting that Manchester United’s “quality wasn’t great.” In fact, Man City probably should have scored on at least two or three occasions, and Pep Guardiola said – somewhat fairly – after the match that “we were better.”

Manchester United does have young academy product Mason Greenwood at the ready up front, having performed incredibly well in domestic Cup competition. However, at just 18 years old and with very minimal top-flight experience he would be tough to rely on for an entire half-season. Greenwood started against Man City, but was hauled off at halftime in favor of winger Daniel James, with Anthony Martial moving into a more central striker role.

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.