MX23RW : Sunday, February 23 04:26:20| >> :600:2826460:2826460:

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Marcus Rashford injury is new problem

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Marcus Rashford injury is new problem
© Reuters
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford faces at least six weeks out.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Marcus Rashford's back injury is a fresh problem.

United and England striker Rashford is facing a lengthy lay-off after suffering a stress fracture in last week's FA Cup third-round replay against Wolves.

There has been confusion over whether the 22-year-old, who played for just 16 minutes after coming on as a substitute, had already been carrying the injury but Solskjaer denies that was the case.

Speaking at a press conference, Solskjaer said: "He's not had that injury before, no. He complained a little bit after the last time we played Burnley (on December 28) when he felt it the first time.

Marcus Rashford holds his back after suffering the injury against Wolves
Marcus Rashford holds his back after suffering the injury against Wolves (Martin Rickett/PA)

"We managed him as well as we could then. He had some days off for treatment, we took him off in some games. He didn't start every game.

"Then suddenly this was a new injury. He didn't have any injuries before then."

There have been suggestions Rashford could be out for at least three months, potentially jeopardising his chances of featuring at Euro 2020 for England.

Solskjaer himself has not given a clear timescale, previously only saying that he expects him to be unable to train for at least six weeks.

Solskjaer said: "He will be out for a while, he'll get the time he needs to recover. Marcus is good, he's a positive guy. He knows this is not what he wanted but he is always positive.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, right, will have to make do without Marcus Rashford over the coming weeks
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, right, will have to make do without Marcus Rashford over the coming weeks (Martin Rickett/PA)

"He wants to get back as quickly and safely as possible and we'll give him that time. When he feels ready, and medically we've cleared him, he'll be back."

Solskjaer has suggested he could look to bring in cover for Rashford on loan, while a potential deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes has stalled.

The Norwegian, however, was unwilling to discuss recruitment as he spoke to media ahead of Wednesday's home clash with Burnley.

He said: "We're always looking at improving the squad and seeing if there's anything out there but nothing I can talk about now."

United's difficulties this season have been brought into sharp focus following Sunday's 2-0 loss to Liverpool, which left them 30 points behind their great rivals in the Premier League.

Virgil Van Dijk's header helped Liverpool to beat United on Sunday
Virgil Van Dijk's header helped Liverpool to beat United on Sunday (Martin Rickett/PA)

Former United defender Gary Neville has criticised chief executive Ed Woodward for failing in the area of player recruitment.

Solskjaer said: "For me now, we've lost to Liverpool, a team that you all say are fantastic and we've been in the game until the last kick of the ball. And, for me, that's strides forward.

"Of course we're disappointed losing the game, we don't want to be behind them in the league, but there were signs there that we are on the right track, definitely.

"And, for me, now is not the time to speak about recruitment. We're looking to the next game against Burnley.

"We're always looking to improve the squad and to improve the club but for my mind, now is not the time, Gary, to start this discussion."

Craig Pawson is surrounded by Manchester United players
Craig Pawson is surrounded by Manchester United players (Martin Rickett/PA)

United were charged by the Football Association on Tuesday morning for failing to ensure their players "conducted themselves in an orderly manner" at Anfield.

The charge relates to United players surrounding referee Craig Pawson after a Virgil Van Dijk challenge on David De Gea, which was subsequently ruled as a foul by VAR and led to a Roberto Firmino goal being disallowed.

Solskjaer was not critical of his players when told of the charge.

He said: "Maybe I shouldn't talk too much about that. Let's get that decision done but... it's overturned. Our players... I didn't see... I reacted myself because everybody could see it was a foul."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Bruno Fernandes in action for Sporting on January 17, 2020
Read Next:
Sporting coach casts doubt on Fernandes to United
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Championship
Six Nations
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Scottish Premiership
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Ukrainian Premier League
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Argentine Primera Division
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
Gallagher Premiership
Super League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City27183668293957
3Leicester CityLeicester27155754272750
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2711794436840
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27101072925440
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Burnley27114123339-637
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
10Everton26106103438-436
11Arsenal2671363634234
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2666143045-1524
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!