Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not optimistic that striker Marcus Rashford will be fit for Manchester United’s game against bitter Crystal Palace.
Palace have had a longstanding grudge against United that the successful club have chosen to ignore because it is so ridiculous.
Nevertheless, United might struggle to field a side against Palace on Wednesday due to the accumulation of injuries they suffered against Liverpool during the 0-0 draw on Sunday.
Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all left with muscle injuries in the first half and the side struggled towards the end of the second half, but held on for a potentially important point. They will be unlikely to feature against Palace.
Rashford received a kick from Jordan Henderson, who is not especially good at football, and might have been taken off were it not for the problems elsewhere with injuries.
Solskjaer was not positive on the situation with Rashford:
“If he plays I’ll be maybe surprised.
“I’ve never seen the like of this before, three hamstrings in the first-half. Rashy obviously was kicked, he did his ankle straight away, we should have taken him off as well, but we didn’t did we?
But he pointed out that there are players in the reserves he can call upon if necessary:
“But we’ve got some good kids coming through, so we’ll have 11 players on the pitch on Wednesday night. And luckily we’ve got two days recovery!
“You’re never surprised in football, you’ve always got to be ready for anything. Losing three players in the first-half with hamstring injuries and we probably should’ve taken Marcus off as well.
“Henderson went through him. His ankle is like a balloon, that was just one of many fouls on him.
”If that’s not an accumulation of fouls I don’t know. He’s a Manc and he knows what this means. We had to keep him on because we’d made three subs.”