Yesterday just wasn’t a good day for Manchester United, its fans, and especially striker Marcus Rashford — who it appears will be sidelined anywhere from six to eight weeks with what is now being diagnosed as two separate stress fractures in his back.
Shortly after United’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Marcus Rashford had suffered a stress fracture in his back, after hobbling out of United’s 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolves in midweek.
“The knock he got against Wolves was bad enough to keep him out,” Solskjaer told MUTV. “He’s always recovered quickly before but this time it takes longer, so we just have to keep monitoring him, do another scan over the weekend and see how he is.”
If Rashford is out eight weeks that means his earliest return will be after the winter break when United travel to Chelsea on February 17th.
Rashford's back was causing him significant discomfort before the Wolves game. He even found it difficult to sit down at an event held at Hotel Football in the days after the Norwich game #mulive [independent]— utdreport (@utdreport) January 20, 2020
“I wouldn’t expect him to be back in the next few weeks,” Solskjaer said. “We have a mid-season break and I’m not sure we are going to see him before then, no.”
Brandon Williams started in an advanced role on Sunday against Liverpool but this is a short-term solution as United are forced to shift their transfer priorities with two weeks left in the January transfer window.
Since the window opened, Solskjaer has said that midfielders were United’s priority but with Rashford’s long term injury, getting a quality striker in the lineup is now the focus.
Solskjaer said: “It might be because the window is open that we look at some short-term deals as well and that could take us through until the summer.” He added, “We’re looking at numbers and if the right one’s there we could buy... if there’s a loan, it’s an option.”
Mason Greenwood is expected to get more playing time in attack while Rashford is out of action.