News of the severity of Marcus Rashford’s injury overshadowed Sunday’s defeat at Anfield.
The Telegraph report the United star faces up to three months out with a stress fracture in his back, after getting injured against Wolves.
Rashford reportedly was already dealing with a back injury before the match, which has led several pundits and fans to question why he was played in the first place.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has even admitted it was a gamble which backfired to play the striker.
So where was the medical department in all this? Rashford was obviously going to say he was fine, but was he really alright to play?
United’s season has been derailed by injuries, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay on the sidelines. United have not handled either well, rushing both players back from knocks only for them to get injured again.
Only fortune has prevented Harry Maguire from having a longer lay-off than the one originally forecast earlier this month.
What’s going on behind the scenes?
The constant injuries and perception United are mishandling them is not a good look.
It is not helped by the fact United have been trying to recruit a head physio for the past few months, unsuccessfully so far.
The Mail reported in October that United had lined up Tim Williamson of Celtic to take the job.
Then predictably, farce struck as Williamson did a U-turn after United mishandled the recruitment process.
The Scottish Sun reported in December: “It is understood that United were supposed to contact Williamson on a specific date in order to discuss arrangements for his relocation. When the call didn’t come, Williamson decided to end a saga that had lasted three months and left United to go back to the drawing board.”
With this going on behind the scenes, is it any wonder that the handling of the players’ injuries is prompting questions?
Words almost fail us reading that. It’s amateur hour at Old Trafford, the biggest club in the world, and this is how we are being run?
United are struggling to sign players, and the club can’t even hire a head physio without botching it.
The very fact they are trying to hire a new expert in this field is an acknowledgment that more help is needed.
If anything summed up the Ed Woodward years to Manchester United, ‘back to the drawing board’ is an apt phrase.
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