Marcus Rashford’s back injury has put a major dent in Manchester United’s season.
The England international is not the first top United player to be ruled out for a significant period of time this season, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay still absent.
That has left United woefully short in central midfield and while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might bemoan bad luck, could there be a pattern at play?
Dr Rajpal Brar, of LA based 3CB Performance has suggested there could be.
What has he said?
On his YouTube channel, Brar said: “If Rashford’s case was a one-off this season, I wouldn’t bat an eyelash.
“But this is now the third case in a matter of months where we’ve seen a United player attempt to play through injury and make it worse.
“Paul Pogba played against Arsenal five days after suffering a ‘microfissure’ in his right foot, which set off a chain of events which has seen him suffer multiple setbacks and ankle injuries.
“Scott McTominay played 43 minutes after suffering knee ligament damage on Boxing Day. It could be mere coincidence or there’s some disconnect between calculating risk and reward with injury.”
Is Solskjaer getting it wrong?
As fans, we all want players who will give their all to play for the club and managers want the same.
Solskjaer was quoted by the Telegraph after Rashford’s injury saying he’d done exactly that ahead of the Wolves game
He said: “He felt fine. He was very adamant that, if needed, he could at least do half an hour. He looked very free and when I asked him if he was OK to be on the bench – ‘No problem’. He wanted to come on.”
It’s up the manager and his medical staff to sometimes protect players, make decisions for their long-term benefit when all the player wants to do is play the next match and help his side.
Solskjaer has also left himself with a thin squad by offloading a host of players during his reign but only signing three, which has played a part in Rashford, Pogba and McTominay not getting many nights off this season, when they’ve been fit.
United’s two best outfield players this season and their most talented one have had injury problems that have been made worse through Solskjaer’s use of them.
That could just be coincidence or it could be Solskjaer leaving himself so short he feels he needs them for every game possible, even when the player would be best served having a rest.
Now United have to make another choice tonight, with Nemanja Matic dealing with an injury ahead of the City game, the Solskjaer confirmed.
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