After seeing Marcus Rashford come on as a substitute and then being forced off just 16 minutes later with an injury, it was little surprise to hear Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admit that his plan “back-fired” against Wolves.
The Manchester United manager saw his 19-goal ace walk off gingerly with a back problem, and automatically become a doubt for their clash against Liverpool on Sunday. But it appears all hope is not lost over him appearing at Anfield.
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According to The Daily Mirror’s David McDonnell, Rashford is willing to play through the pain barrier against the Reds, “even if he requires a pain-killing injection to do so”.
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And whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempted to downplay his forward’s chances of featuring, United fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on Rashford’s possible involvement, with a few praising his “warrior mentality”.
— Saidur Rahman (@SaidurR02) 16 January 2020
This is what every united players mentality should be like. Scott would do the same.
— Ridwan patel (@RIDWANPATEL786) 17 January 2020
Warrior mentality @MarcusRashford
— Thor (@RizalAsfani) 16 January 2020
Some fans however took a bit more of a cautious approach, acknowledging that whilst they appreciated his commitment to the cause, they didn’t want him to do any long-term harm to himself.
Love the dedication from him but we need him for the long run.
— Dyl (@UtdDyl) 16 January 2020
Please no! Good though but i don’t want him breaking down on the long run.
— BAYO (@mr_adebayo5) 16 January 2020
As much as it’s class how much he’s willing to do for United, just fear hes gonna burn out like Rooney did
— Luke (@Labile_Life) 16 January 2020
This is good but in the end it will end in tears for us, if he isn’t fit then he should rest. We will get beaten anyway so
— King Nonny (@Zaddy_nomso) 16 January 2020
A couple expressed their belief that the game against Liverpool is far too big of an occasion for Rashford to miss, with one supporter in particular claiming that as their “season is over” already, they might as well stop their arch-rivals.
I’d rather have him against Liverpool than rest him because our season is over anyways might as well try put one over the scousers
— Mark (@MahonUtd) 16 January 2020
that’s feeling love for these big colors come on save energy we need you in the classic @MarcusRashford
— Gabriel (@hellgabijr) 16 January 2020
It is a real testament to Rashford’s desire and hunger to win that he is reportedly keen on putting his body on the line to ensure he is fit enough to play against United’s arch-rivals. It’s the kind of mentality the entire club could do with.
Whilst Solskjaer played down the possibility of the Englishman taking to the field against Liverpool, Rashford has certainly given Jurgen Klopp something to think about by taking this stance.