Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that the club will make a late decision on the involvement of Marcus Rashford for the Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday.
The England international suffered a knock on his back and knee during his second-half appearance against Wolves in the FA Cup on Wednesday, and he was able to last for only 17 minutes before his substitution.
Speaking in the press conference ahead of the Anfield trip, Solskjaer said that Rashford is not ready for the weekend’s game at the moment but he will be offered with sufficient time to prove his fitness.
“I can’t tell you now. As I said with Harry [Maguire] a few weeks ago, of course we’re going to give him the absolute amount of time to find out. 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,” he was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
Rashford has been influential towards United picking up points against Liverpool in recent Premier League meetings and he has scored three goals in the past four appearances against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
As such, his possible absence would definitely prove a blow for the Merseyside trip and Solskjaer may have to rely on Daniel James on the left side of the attack against the Premier League leaders.
United are presently five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the standings but they could find themselves eight points behind the final Champions League spot ahead of the late kick-off at Anfield.
As a result, they have plenty to lose from the contest this weekend and Solskjaer will be hoping that his players can step up to the challenge and register the club’s first away win against Liverpool since January 2016.