Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Marcus Rashford was injured as early as the first minute against Liverpool, but the striker managed to carry on for the entire game, after three of his teammates were forced off.
Ander Herrera and Juan Mata were substituted off within the opening 30 minutes with hamstring problems, and the same was the case with substitute Jesse Lingard, who suffered a recurrence of the recent injury which had kept him out of action.
As such, United found themselves in a difficult situation wafter using all three substitutes before half-time, and this meant that Rashford had to continue on the playing, despite developing a swelling on his ankle from an early challenge from Jordan Henderson.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told Sky Sports that he had to remove Rashford from the field of play, but the unavailability to make a substitution meant that the marksman continued on the playing:
“He did his ankle straight away. We should have taken him off straight away, but we couldn’t. We played with 10-and-a-half men, but Rashford’s attitude made up for it as well.”
He added that it would be a surprise for the England international to feature against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere, Nemanja Matic has been confirmed to have sustained a muscular injury of his own and he is scheduled to be sidelined for a few weeks (Sky Sports), whilst the likes of Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay and Fred could gain valuable game-time.