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'I am not holding my breath' – Solskjaer expects Rashford to miss Man Utd trip to face Liverpool

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Marcus Rashford to miss Manchester United’s trip to face Liverpool this weekend, following the forward’s back injury picked up against Wolves on Wednesday night.

The England international came on as a substitute before being withdrawn just 16 minutes later, the 22-year-old appearing to be in visible pain before leaving the field during United’s 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay victory at Old Trafford.

Whilst the extent of the injury is yet to be revealed, speaking at his pre-match press conference Solskjaer admitted that Rashford’s participation in Sunday’s clash at Anfield is now in serious doubt.

“We will give him the absolute amount of time to find out,” Solskjaer told the assembled media.

“Marcus will have more checks and treatment today but I am not holding my breath. Would think he wouldn’t be ready but there is still 48 hours, so let’s see.”

Manchester United make the short trip to Merseyside this weekend in the latest instalment of a fierce rivalry between the two sides, English football’s two most successful clubs preparing to go head-to-head once more.

Solskjaer’s side currently sit fifth in the Premier League, five points adrift of Chelsea in the race to secure a top-four finish, though face a formidable task this weekend against a league-leading Liverpool side unbeaten so far this season – whilst Jurgen Klopp’s side have now gone 51 games without a league defeat on home soil.

The Red Devils will be without the likes of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay in addition to Rashford’s expected absence, whilst Eric Bailly is also unlikely to make the matchday squad despite featuring for the U23 side last week as he steps up his rehabilitation from a long term knee injury.

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