Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said before Manchester United’s match with Granada that Marcus Rashford would not play 90 minutes.

True to his word, Rashford played 65 minutes before being taken off.

The gamble to start Rashford paid off, with the England star netting United’s opener.

But there were plenty of United fans feeling uncomfortable with Solskjaer picking a player who is clearly not fully fit.

Granada v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League
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The United boss was quoted by ESPN after the game confirming that Rashford is still feeling the effects of an ongoing ankle injury.

Solskjaer said: “It’s the same thing as before, he’s not recovered from it and hopefully it’s not gotten any worse from this.

The United boss went on to add, “I think he should be ready for Sunday.”

No rest for Rashford

This was Rashford’s 60th Manchester United game since last June and 47th of this season.


With Anthony Martial out injured, there seems to be even less chance of Rashford getting a rest.

Solslkjaer’s comments seem quite cavalier, and some managers would not play Rashford in these circumstances.

Granada were quite heavy handed in their tackling at times, encouraged by a poor refereeing performance.

Rashford probably did not make his injury substantially worse, but he won’t have made it better either.

There is a big game on Sunday against Tottenham, and United want him available to feature.

Perhaps, Rashford might get a rest in the second leg against Granada with United 2-0 up.

Burnley follow in the league days later, which will be a physically testing game for Rashford if he is selected.

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