Marcus Rashford injury: Erik ten Hag gives concerning update after Man Utd forward limps out of Everton win
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Erik ten Hag has said Marcus Rashford’s injury ‘doesn’t look well’ after the attacker went off in the latter stages of Manchester United’s victory over Everton on Saturday.
The Red Devils won 2-0 at Old Trafford and produced 11 shots on target compared to just a solitary effort from Everton that tested David de Gea. Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial netted for United at Old Trafford as they grabbed an important three points in the race for the top four and, at least temporarily, moved into third place.
But there was a sour note to the game as Rashford limped off in the 81st minute. The attacker appeared to be holding his groin region before he indicated to the United bench that he couldn’t continue. Rashford then slowly made his way round the edge of the pitch and eventually headed down the tunnel.
Rashford was replaced by Wout Weghorst and it looks like a concerning problem, especially in a week when Ten Hag admitted United are too dependent on the the no.10’s goal contribution. Rashford has netted 28 times this season, his highest-ever tally in a single campaign.
Speaking after the Everton game, Ten Had revealed the problem looks serious for the England international. “We have to wait,” he told BT Sport. “It doesn’t look well. Once again, that is due to the schedule. It can’t be that you play three games in six days. We have to protect our players.
“Everyone wants the best players out on the pitch. Everyone wants to see great, entertaining football like today. But you need your best players.”
Speaking later in his post-match press conference, Ten Hag said: “I can’t say in this moment. You are a doctor maybe? We have to wait how had or how good it is. Obviously, he went off and we have to wait for the diagnosis and we will see.
On the scheduling issues, the Dutchman added: “Some things you can’t avoid, but this was avoidable. Why was the Premier League giving us the late Sunday night game [last week] and the early Saturday game [today]? I think that is not right.
“You run the risk and players can’t recover so quickly. We know all the science and research will give you that, that players need a certain time to recover. It’s cumulative and you run even more of a risk. It is also part of the schedule that we are now finding ourselves in this situation and now we can only pray that he [Rashford] is not dropping off.”