Marcus Rashford limped off in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Wolves and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an update on his fitness ahead of the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool this weekend.
As per United’s official website, Solskjaer said: “I can’t tell you now. As I said with Harry a few weeks ago, we’re going to give him the absolute amount of time to find out.
“We’re going to do some more checks and treatment with him today. I’m not going to hold my breath. I would probably think that he wouldn’t be ready, but let’s see. There’s still 48 hours, more than that, so let’s see.”
If Rashford isn’t fit to play at Anfield, that would only intensify the pressure on Anthony Martial.
Martial was out injured for the visit of Liverpool in October, when Rashford played in a front two alongside Daniel James.
On that day, Rashford was robust in possession with his back to goal and relentlessly pelted in behind when he got the chance.
Martial remains too inconsistent and on his off days, it is far too easy for defenders to sweep in front of him and nick the ball away.
The Frenchman has to ensure he protects the ball well at Anfield, as well as using his rapid pace to stretch the game and give Liverpool something to think about.
Will Martial get a partner?
Solskjaer went with a 3-5-2 against Liverpool at Old Trafford but perhaps Martial won’t be afforded the luxury of a partner at Anfield.
If Martial is up front on his own, he has to carry the goal threat solo as well as holding the ball up and allowing United to get up the pitch.
That ramps up the pressure on him to produce a big performance.
Rashford has stepped up time and time again for United as the season has gone on. Now it’s Martial’s turn.
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