Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to manage Marcus Rashford’s playing time after the striker picked up an injury against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Wednesday.
The-22-year-old has started all of Manchester United‘s Premier League games this season, scoring 14 goals and registering four assists, but he is now a doubt for Sunday’s trip to face Liverpool at Anfield.
While Rashford was left on the bench for United’s FA Cup replay win against Wolves, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw on the England international after 64 minutes with the scores still level, only for him to suffer a back injury which forced him to be replaced with 10 minutes still to play.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, The Times’ chief football writer Henry Winter warned that overplaying a young player like Rashford could result in him becoming burned out.
Never want to feel like I’ve let my teammates, the club and most importantly the fans down so did my very best to carry on tonight and was gutted to come off.
Top work from the lads to get into the next round 👊🏿 pic.twitter.com/ZLpxiqhtq3
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 15, 2020
“It is interesting listening to ex-professionals saying he [Rashford] is not quite running as freely as they would expect and is holding something back,” Winter said.
“I understand why Manchester United have to play him and I understand his mentality; he loves this club, plays for the shirt.
“He is is Manchester United’s most important player but at some stage we have to take a step back and say: Let’s not flog these players too much.
“It is not an England thing, this is about making sure he is ready for Manchester United over the next few years and not burning him out too often.”
The United academy graduate has made 201 senior appearances for the Old Trafford club since his debut in 2016, scoring 64 goals, while he has also earned 38 caps for his country.