Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that his decision to introduce Marcus Rashford to the action in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Wolves ‘backfired’, with United set to face Liverpool at the weekend.
After a goalless first half of their FA Cup third-round replay with Wolves, Solskjaer turned to top goalscorer Rashford to try and break the deadlock, bringing the 19 goal forward off the bench after 64 minutes.
While he wasn’t involved in the buildup, his introduction certainly coincided with the first and only goal of the game, Manchester United scoring just three minutes after the change with Anthony Martial’s perfectly timed through ball to Juan Mata deftly finished by the Spaniard, who dinked the ball over the advancing ‘keeper John Ruddy.
However, Rashford was soon on the receiving end of a hard-but-fair challenge from Matt Doherty, with the England forward going down and holding his back. While he briefly tried to play on, the 22-year-old eventually admitted defeat and was replaced by Jesse Lingard after just 16 minutes of action.
United make the short trip to Merseyside to face runaway league leaders Liverpool at the weekend, and when asked by BT Sport if his decision to introduce Rashford had backfired, Solskjaer admitted: “Yes it backfired. You’ve got to take them once in a while.
“He’ll be tested in the next few days – we have to see for Sunday. He couldn’t run. He struggled a little bit with his back and got another knock. It didn’t help.”
United will face Watford or Tranmere in the fourth round, their third-round replay at Prenton Park having been postponed on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch.