Solskjaer urged not to 'flog' Rashford amid burnout concerns

Solskjaer urged not to 'flog' Rashford amid burnout concerns

Solskjaer urged not to 'flog' Rashford amid burnout concerns

The England worldwide was taken out of the pitch after failing to overcome a nagging knock during the Red Devils 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in their FA Cup third-round replay. The final scoreline of 1-0 did not fully reflect the plethora of squandered scoring opportunities from both the teams.

Solskjaer meant to keep Rashford on the bench during the third round replay at Old Trafford, but United's listlessness up front led to the 22-year-old England forward coming on as a substitute in the 64th minute.

"You've got to take [chances] once in a while", Solskjaer said.

Rashford lasted less than 15 minutes on the field due to a back injury and is now a doubt for the trip to runaway leaders Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

"He'll be tested in the next few days - we have to see for Sunday".

But United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed those plans have now been shelved in the wake of the United States' killing of Iran's general Qassem Soleimani which has triggered a tense political mood in the region.

As such, talkSPORT journalist Phil Brown claims that United have held secret discussions with Pochettino about taking over at the end of the season.

Manchester United also face the prospect of working without their top scorer Rashford for the crunch match as the England forward hobbled off the pitch during the FA cup third round replay against Wolves on Wednesday.

Liverpool's trio are only one goal shy of United's 39 goals, but they also have an inferior minutes-per-goal ratio. I don't think it is related but he had to come off. End-to-end, an open game which sometimes doesn't suit us.

United will now be left to sweat over Rashford's fitness over the coming days as it would be a major blow to Solskjaer's team if he was to miss the Liverpool game this weekend.

A massive source of the same was Juan Mata. "He's got the skill, the composure and even pace to get through there".

"On Bruno Fernandes, his numbers are phenomenal [13 goals in 22 games this campaign] and, given those numbers, the fact that he is still in Portugal at the age of 24 makes me slightly suspicious".

"That's VAR, you can not do anything".

"We'll look to take the positives and build that momentum against a Southampton team that's had a bit of resurgence recently".

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