Manchester United Football Club just can’t catch a break at the moment, can they?
When it looks as though things are heading in the right direction for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, another problem arises and the Red Devils start to struggle again.
Recently, the Baby Faced Assassin has been doing it without his two best midfielders – Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, both of whom have been dealing with long-term treatment table woes.
Well, yesterday, Solskjaer confirmed the worst as United were dealt another major injury blow – with key star Marcus Rashford ruled out for at last six weeks (plus recovery and rehab time after that)…
“He got a couple of knocks and jolts when he came on against Wolves and aggravated his back,” Ole told reporters, including MUTV/ManUtd.com.
“It’s a stress fracture and it’s not something that’s happened before. It’s so unlucky for Marcus, he’ll be out for a while.”
“He’s had some trouble before and we’re going to give him time to recover and rest before we put him back on the pitch. He won’t be back until after the mid-season break. I don’t know long it is, I’m not a doctor but normally a stress fracture is six weeks to heal and then he needs some recovery or some rehab after that probably.”
“He’s always recovered quickly before so let’s hope he does that again,“ added the boss. ”This time it takes longer so we just have to keep monitoring him, do another scan over the weekend and see how he is. We’re going to give him the time he needs.“
It can be argued that United are now without their three best outfield players until at least mid-February. Honestly, it couldn’t get any worse at this point in time and I seriously struggle to see how we’re going to realistically compete for a spot in the top four given how thin on the ground or squad is.
Rashford was in the absolute form of his life, well on course to enjoy by far and away his best season in the sport and to have that taken away from him is just cruel.
At this stage, I just pray that Rashford can get himself back fit for the business end of the Premier League season, before hopefully taking part in the European Championships over the summer. Obviously, it’s United first and foremost though!
Get well soon, Marcus!