Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends Marcus Rashford inclusion vs WolvesUnited manager confirms Rashford is out “for a few months”
Marcus Rashford has suffered a double stress fracture of the back
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended himself against accusations he put his own interests ahead of Marcus Rashford’s following the striker’s injury setback.
Manchester United forward Rashford is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a stress fracture of the back in last week’s FA Cup clash against Wolves.
Former Arsenal and England forward Ian Wright said Solskjaer “thought about himself before the player” when he sent Rashford on as a substitute in the third-round replay at Old Trafford.
Wright’s comment came after reports Rashford had already been carrying an injury before the game and exacerbated it in his 16 minutes on the field.
That has been denied by United manager Solskjaer and the Norwegian insists he would never jeopardise a player’s fitness to win a game and ease pressure on himself.
Rashford aggravated a back injury in the FA Cup win over WolvesSolskjaer said: “No, I never put myself before the team. I always put the team and the club before anything else.
“Marcus has had minor discomfort in his back since the Burnley game. That’s maybe two weeks before this game.
“We’ve had scans, we’ve monitored him. There’s not been any injury there. He’s had complaints, yes, and I had a discussion with him the day or two days before (and said), ‘FA Cup, I’m going to rest you’.
“He felt fine. He was very, very adamant that if needed he could at least do half an hour because we want to go through in the cup. That just shows you Marcus’ attitude.
“He had no complaints training the day before the game. He looked very free and when I asked him if it was OK to be on the bench – no problem. He wanted to come on. It’s just one of those unfortunate things.
“We have to manage players every single day, loads of things that Ian Wright or anyone doesn’t know about.”
Solskjaer has confirmed Rashford will be out for a few months
Solskjaer has previously been coy about how long Rashford may be out but he does now seem to accept the 22-year-old could be missing for months rather than weeks.