Manchester United have been dealt a significant injury blow ahead of their UEFA Europa League meeting with AC Milan after Marcus Rashford, who was pretty much ruled out of the game, now also set to miss this weekend’s key clash against West Ham United.
The forward sustained what looked like a serious ankle knock in the 2-0 win against Manchester City after tracking back.
He was eventually withdrawn from the action and despite it being previously suggested that Rashford had managed to dodge a long-term problem, Solskjaer has confirmed he is unlikely to be ready for the meeting with West Ham too.
“Even though normally I’m a very optimistic guy, I still think he’s going to be out [of the Milan game] and a doubt for the weekend.”
His absence is, of course, going to be felt hard by the Red Devils.
The £72m-rated forward has of course been in exhilarating form for United this season. Currently, in the middle of his most productive campaign to date, he has netted on 18 occasions, whilst also providing a further 12 assists.
Only Bruno Fernandes has contributed more than Rashford throughout the 2020/21 campaign.
The 23-year-old is also going to be sorely missed considering that he has been one of the most reliable players at Old Trafford this season. Having made 43 appearances, he has appeared in every single match in all competitions for the Red Devils.
That is even more damaging considering that there seems to be a real lack of replacements at the club. Fellow forward Edinson Cavani remains ruled out through injury, whilst Mason Greenwood has only managed four goals in all competitions – a far cry from Rashford’s output.
Solskjaer who admittedly is usually “optimistic” about his players’ returns has even admitted that Rashford is unlikely to be fit for the West Ham game. Considering not only the Milan match but also the big clash in terms of the top four race with the Hammers, the United boss will surely be gutted to have one of his key players missing during such a crucial week.