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Manchester United make Marcus Rashford injury admission

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Manchester United risk aggravating Marcus Rashford’s shoulder injury as they prepare for eight games in 24 days this month.

Rashford hurt his shoulder in United’s 3-1 win at Everton three weeks ago that ruled him out of England duty and the 23-year-old was forced off in the second-half of the midweek defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Rashford played on with a back injury into January of last season until he suffered a stress fracture that ruled him out until the Premier League campaign restarted in June. Solskjaer insists Rashford’s shoulder problem is ‘manageable’ for now but admits he is tiring towards the end of games because of it.

“Of course that’s a medical issue,” Solskjaer said. “How serious is it? At the moment he’s getting that tiredness towards the end or that soreness towards the end that stops him from from completing the games.


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“Hopefully it won’t take too long to completely go away. Of course, you think about how you manage these players throughout the whole season anyway.

“Marcus as you say, he’ll run through a brick wall for you and that’s the type of lad he is. We’ve just got to be fingers crossed it doesn’t get worse because at the moment it is still manageable.”

Solskjaer complained about United’s Saturday 12.30pm kick-off at Everton last month just three days after they lost to Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey and their Premier League trip to West Ham on Saturday comes three days after losing to PSG.

Despite another tight turnaround, Solskjaer has no issue with United’s schedule this weekend as they kick-off at 5.30pm at West Ham.

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Manchester United were hit by a double Neymar sucker-punch as they lost 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in their crucial Champions League match on Wednesday.

It means United travel to Germany needing a point from their final group match against RB Leipzig to qualify for the last 16.

Before then, the Reds have a tricky Premier League trip to West Ham to negotiate at the weekend.

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“No, we had Wednesday night and we have [RB Leipzig on] Tuesday, so 5.30 is perfect,” he stressed. “I’ve got to say that’s right bang smack in the middle. It’s when you travel, say when we’ve travelled on a Wednesday night to Turkey and have to play 12.30.

“Tottenham were in Bulgaria on a Thursday night and played Sunday morning at 12 or one o’clock. I don’t think that’s fair on either of our teams and Liverpool have had it a couple of times.

“It’s that 12.30 slot because the boys recover so much better if they can sleep properly. It’s like wake up at 8 or 9 o’clock, eat and go and play. Those extra hours would be very beneficial.”

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