Man Utd's Marcus Rashford 'hopeful' of being fit for Liverpool clash

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been described as being ‘hopeful’ he will be fit in time to face Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

Rashford has scored twice in two appearances for United since returning to action from shoulder surgery that delayed his start to the season. But after kickstarting Wednesday night’s Champions League comeback against Atalanta, the 23-year-old was taken off with a minor knock.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer labelled it a ‘dead leg’ after the final whistle but didn’t appear too concerned and spoke optimistically about Rashford’s availability for the weekend.

“I hope so and I think so. It was a dead leg and sometimes it can take longer than what you want. But if we treat it well, he should be okay,” the United boss said at the time.

The story has now developed and the Daily Mail explains that Rashford underwent treatment at United’s Carrington training base on Thursday morning. As a result of that, the player is said to be optimistic that he will be passed fit in time for Sunday afternoon’s titanic clash.

Solskjaer recently sparked controversy over Rashford when he suggested the player, who has been awarded an MBE and honorary doctorate for his off-field work fighting UK child poverty, should now begin to ‘prioritise’ football.

“Marcus has done some remarkable and fantastic things. But now he maybe needs to prioritise his football. Marcus knows that we want a lot from him, but we are going to give him the time to get back to what he was and what he can be,” Solskjaer commented last week.

It was later reported that Rashford’s camp was left unhappy and disappointed by such a statement. That then prompted Solskjaer to clarify what he had meant.

“Just to get the elephant out of the room straight away, you know the headline which came before the Leicester game,” he said. “We are so unbelievably proud of what Marcus Rashford has done on and off the pitch. [The media] made a headline off one little comment.”

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Source : 90min