Although Edinson Cavani grabbed the plaudits late against Southampton last season with a winner, Marcus Rashford’s assist for the injury time header played a crucial part.

Manchester United were without both players for the game at St Mary’s at the weekend, and this time it ended in a 1-1 draw.

Rashford was missed and he has given an optimistic update on his shoulder after undergoing surgery at the start of the month.

Manchester United Training Session
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After popping up on Twitter to discuss the upcoming Paralympics, Rashford responded to a supporter who asked how his shoulder was feeling.

Rashford also suggested he has been hard at work at Carrington behind the scenes and making his presence felt.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club website: “He’s working in the gym we see him every day so he’ll be chomping at the bit when it gets nearer to the time when he can come back

Swift return possible

A report from The Sun last week reported that United were very encouraged by Rashford’s condition.


Rashford could return to light training before the end of the month, the report suggested, with a view to possibly making a first team return in late September.

With Champions League fixtures in late September, Rashford will be keen to get back quickly.

What is important is not the speed of the return, but the condition he is in. Rashford pushed himself hard last season and struggled towards the end of the campaign, evidenced by his need for surgery.

Rashford also had a foot problem, which he did not comment on, but the rest will be doing him good, providing he does not push himself too hard too soon.

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