Rashford pulled up with a problem during Wednesday night’s FA Cup third round replay against Wolves less than 20 minutes after coming on as substitute. His withdrawal then immediately put his availability for Sunday in doubt, owing to the quick turnaround between the games.
But United have had some positive news, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Rashford has responded well to intensive treatment in the last couple of days and is prepared to play on Sunday, even if that means he has to have a pain-killing injection to make it possible.
It is noted, however, that there is still concern over rushing him back and risking further injury and a longer absence. That appeared to be the case with Paul Pogba back in September when he played too soon against Rochdale and Arsenal and ended up missing three months.
Having been left out of the starting line-up for rest, Rashford was brought on against Wolves because United were drawing 0-0 and needed to make the breakthrough.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted after the game that bringing him on ‘backfired’.
“He’s had trouble with the back lately but that is a different matter. Now we have got a different one. I don’t think it is related but he had to come off. I can say we will do everything we can to see and try to get him fit for Sunday but I can’t promise. We will manage,” Solskjaer said.
“I didn’t want to play him, but we needed the win. It has backfired. I can say we’ll do everything we can to get him fit. He’s been available and fit this season. He’s a quick healer. He’s struggled lately but more when he’s tired.”
Rashford has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season, shattering his previous best goal tally for a single campaign. Collectively, he, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have scored 39 goals, which is more than Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah & Roberto Firmino.
United remain the only team in the Premier League all season to have taken any points off Liverpool, doing so in an impressive 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.
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