MANCHESTER, England – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his bet in bringing Marcus Rashford against the Wolves “failed” after the Manchester United striker was forced to suffer a back injury.
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Rashford lasted only 15 minutes of Old Trafford’s 1-0 victory on Wednesday after a clash with wolf defender Matt Doherty and is now doubtful about the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.
After reaching the 64th minute, the 22-year-old was replaced Jesse Lingard in the 79th minute and headed straight down the tunnel.
“He failed,” said Solskjaer, whose team will play Watford or Tranmere in the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating Wolves for the first time since 2012.
“You have to take them [risks] once in a while.
“He will be tested in the next few days – we have to see for Sunday. He couldn’t run. He struggled a bit with his back and knocked again. It didn’t help.”
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Doherty appears to be kneeling Rashford in the back and after being replaced, he left Old Trafford without help but walking with caution.
“I didn’t want to play it,” said Solskjaer. “We needed victory, he was involved in the goal, but he failed. We will do everything we can to keep him in shape.”
Rashford, United’s top scorer with the season with 19 goals, will be a major shortcoming for Solskjaer’s team if he hasn’t gone into shape to play Anfield. Liverpool have yet to lose in the Premier League this season and United remain the only team to take points from the leaders on the run after Rashford’s goal earned a 1-1 draw against Old Trafford in October.
After the game Rashford tweeted: “I never want to feel like I have disappointed my teammates, the club and, above all, the fans, so I did my best to go on tonight and I had the courage to go out.”