Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Marcus Rashford will miss Manchester United’s midweek to trip to Crystal Palace as a result of his commitment to the cause in Sunday’s draw with Liverpool.
The England forward was clearly struggling after a knock he received in the first half of the scoreless draw with Jurgen Klopp’s outfit at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils boss could not take Rashford off in the second half as United suffered an injury nightmare in the opening 45 minutes.
Ander Herrera and Juan Mata both went off inside 25 minutes while Jesse Lingard – on for the latter – was also forced back off before the interval. “Rashford was kicked.
He did his ankle straight away,” said Solskjaer. “We should have taken Rashford off as well but we couldn’t.
“He was…you can’t say targeted but you can say there were quite a few fouls on him, definitely. Normally you would take him off after five minutes. When he went straight through his ankle blew up.”
Rashford was fouled early on by Jordan Henderson while the ailing striker also received fouls from Xherdan Shaqiri, Andy Robertson and Joel Matip in the second half. “We played with 10 and a half men,” Solskjaer added.
“The fans made up for it and Rashford’s attitude made up for it also.” The Norwegian anticipates that the forward will pay a price when his side head for Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening.
“If he plays, I will be surprised,” said Solskjaer. “I have never seen the likes of this before. Three hamstrings in the first half?”
Manchester United are 2.38 to win at Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson’s outfit are 3.10 following their impressive weekend win at Leicester while the draw is 3.40.