Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Marcus Rashford for playing through injury niggles, insists that he has no worries about the star’s general fitness levels at all.
The gaffer blames the exhausting recent schedule for being a reason behind Rashford’s dropping fitness levels. Also, he believes the Englishman is being looked after well enough by United’s medical team.
Following the revelation by Marcus Rashford’s PR agency that he had been playing with injury niggles for the past 2 years, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quizzed on the subject and this is his reply:
“I don’t have any concerns about Marcus’ [Rashford] general fitness at all. Every footballer carries a bit here and there. Very seldom do you say you’re 100 percent fit.”
“He [Rashford] wants to give everything. That’s all credit to him but, of course, the little knocks he’s carrying we have got a great staff to look after him. But it’s not been too big a concern or worry.”
“He’s [Rashford] got a character that even if he feels something, he doesn’t want to miss games because he loves United and football too much to dip out.”
“There has never been a risk that we felt will damage him [Rashford]. It is just the way it is when you’re a professional footballer with a game every three or four days. It’s been relentless this season so we’ve not had the time [for proper recovery].”
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford missed Manchester United’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester City due to injury and is in a race to prove his fitness and be available for selection against Brighton on Sunday.
Marcus Rashford has featured heavily for United this season, scoring 18 goals and providing further 12 assists for his teammates so far.