Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has explained the reason for Marcus Rashford not making the trip to Moldova.

Rashford was not included in United’s squad to face Sheriff Tiraspol in Thursday night’s fixture.

Ten Hag said: “He’s not available, a consequence after Arsenal. He has a muscle injury.”

Asked about a potential return date, Ten Hag did not set a target but spoke optimistically: “I don’t think too long but I can’t tell how long. It’s not really bad, we expect him back soon in the team.”

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Marcus Rashford could now miss out on the England squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Italy and Germany.

This is a blow for him as he was just coming back into form, and this was the last chance to stake a claim from within the squad, ahead of the World Cup.

Rashford was expected to earn a recall after a strong start to the season, in which he is currently Manchester United’s top scorer with three goals.

United announced the travelling squad for the fixture earlier today, with 22 players included. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Martin Dubravka, and Donny van de Beek were among those to stay home in England.

The match against Sheriff Tiraspol is an important one with the Red Devils losing the Europa League group opener at home to Real Sociedad.

United are expected to name a full strength team, with the Premier League match on Sunday against Leeds postponed.

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