Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has complained about the accumulative effect of the fouls inflicted on Marcus Rashford following Manchester United’s goalless draw with Liverpool.
The young England striker was showing the effects of a Jordan Henderson challenge early on and looked primed to be subbed off early in the Premier League tie between the two rivals.
However, a series of injuries in the first-half meant Manchester United manager Solskjaer had to use all of his substitutions before the interval, keeping Rashford on the pitch to play through the pain for the remainder of the game.
‘He was injured in the first minute, the first tackle they made on him, one of plenty,’ Solskjaer told his post-match press conference.
‘The first tackle, Henderson went through his ankle like a balloon there. That was one of many fouls on him, if that’s not an accumulation of fouls I don’t know.
When asked if he was worried about Rashford following the match, Solskjaer admitted that he was but hailed him for his warrior spirit.
‘Very, but you know he’s a warrior, he’s a manc, and he knows what this means. We had to keep him on because we had already made 3 subs,” the Norwegian added.
‘The fans they were the 11th man, because we had half a Marcus and the crowd was fantastic.
‘I cannot remember David [De Gea] having to make a save, so we kept them out of it and probably created one or two massive moments when we could’ve scored.
‘Chris [Smalling], if he was a striker he would’ve got his studs on that one. Jesse [Lingard]’s chance before he got the recurrence of his injury, that was the biggest.
‘We’ve lost a few with muscle injuries, hamstring. But we’ve got some good kids coming through. We’ll have 11 players on the pitch on wednesday. Luckily we’ve got 2 days recovery!’