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Solskjaer left looking awkward as he sweats on Rashford’s fitness

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sweating on the fitness of Marcus Rashford despite declaring him “robust” earlier this week as he defended his use of the forward.

The Manchester United star was thrown back into the starting XI despite missing England’s latest fixtures due to injury.

Rashford showed his quality with his side’s equaliser in their win over Brighton.

But Solskjaer had to bring his No 10 off with 20 minutes remaining at Old Trafford as he struggled with a knock.

United face Granada in the last eight of the Europa League on Thursday, but the Norwegian may have to do so without his forward.

Marcus Rashford was forced of with injury concerns

“You just hope he can recover from it,” Solskjaer said on BT Sport. “He had to come off, but he’s a tough one.”

Rashford has had to deal with several injuries over the past two years.

Solskjaer has placed huge demands on the 23-year-old but defended his use of him recently.

Despite that his selection against Brighton may have compromised his involvement in the coming weeks.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he isn't taking a long-term fitness risk with the forward
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he isn’t taking a long-term fitness risk with the forward

The United boss recently said: “I don’t have any concerns about Marcus’ general fitness at all. Every footballer carries a bit here and there. Very seldom do you say you’re 100 per cent fit.

“I’ve been impressed by his resilience and robustness. He wants to play.

“He’s got a character that even if he feels something, he doesn’t want to miss games because he loves Man United and football too much to dip out.

“He wants to give everything. That’s all credit to him but, of course, the little knocks he’s carrying we have got great staff to look after him. But it’s not been too big a concern or worry.”

“There has never been a risk that we felt will damage him. It is just the way it is when you’re a professional footballer with a game every three or four days.”




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