Marcus Rashford’s performances have come under a little scrutiny lately.

Gary Neville told the Sky commentary against Crystal Palace that he felt Rashford was ‘poor’ and ‘struggled to control the ball’ in the 0-0 bore draw.

The Times journalist Henry Winter says, concerningly, that Rashford is playing on with a shoulder injury and it may require an operation this summer.

Rashford has played a total of 57 games since last June for club and country and the schedule does not appear to be slowing down.

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Rashford did miss a couple of games for England last Autumn due to a shoulder injury. It has likely been something he has been playing on with since.

It’s obviously not serious enough to stop him playing, but this is worrying.

Rashford played on with a back injury last season and ended up aggravating it further, to the point that he missed months of action.

United did not buy a player capable of filling in for him on a regular basis and the pressure on him has increased.

Rashford has 18 goals this season and with both Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood yet to break into double figures, United are leaning on Rashford more than is healthy to do so.

 

If Rashford does undergo an operation then he could possibly miss the start of next season, depending on the severity of the surgery.

At the very least, he would miss pre-season, and return off the pace.

This increases the need for United to sign another forward, or a left winger.

It doesn’t seem as though Rashford will get a rest any time soon, and the prospect of him requiring an operation is an unwelcome one.

At the very least, it would be sensible if United withdrew him from the international fixtures at the end of March.

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