Marcus Rashford: Manchester United striker in squad for Europa League quarter-final first leg against Granada | Football News

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Marcus Rashford has been included in Manchester United’s traveling squad for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Granada, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will not ‘overplay’ the striker.

The 23-year-old was taken out in the second half of Sunday’s 2-1 win over Brighton after being caught in a tackle.

However, the England international trained on Wednesday and was named to Solskjaer’s 24-man squad to face Granada on Thursday.

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Solskjaer to take 24-man squad to Spain for Manchester United’s Europa League quarter-final first leg tie against Granada

Speaking at a press conference, United boss Solskjaer said: “Marcus is traveling and we just have to make a decision tomorrow if he starts or is on the bench.

“I don’t think he’ll be a 90-minute man, but we’ll see where we are tomorrow. “

Rashford’s early replacement against Brighton came after being pulled from the England squad during the international break due to injury.

In his last game for United before joining Gareth Southgate’s side – a Europa League clash with AC Milan on March 18 – he was sent off at half-time due to a persistent foot problem.

After suffering a serious back injury last season, Rashford has also suffered from shoulder and knee problems this quarter, but Solskjaer insists he will never select a player who is not 100% fit. %.

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Rashford has been injured several times over the past year, but Solskjaer says he won’t ‘overplay’ the striker

“I don’t pick players when I know there is a risk,” he said.

“Of course there is always a risk when you play football, but if the physios say ‘it’s too risky’ then I will never play against a player if we know in advance that it will make things worse. or be a serious one.

“Marcus joined practice this morning so let’s see how he reacts. If there’s a risk of making things worse, I’m not going to overplay it.

“His back has recovered, but he’s tough and he wants to play. He wants to give everything for Manchester United.

“But it is also the player’s responsibility to tell us, as he did on Sunday, that” it’s too painful and I have to get out of it “. “


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Juan Mata returns to the fold as United head to Spain, with 18-year-old Anthony Elanga named to the squad for the first time.

There is no room in the travel squad for defender Eric Bailly – who recently tested positive for coronavirus – or Anthony Martial, with Solskjaer admitting the forward is unlikely to join this season.

Martial suffered a knee injury while on international duty with France and could now face a race against time to be fit for this summer’s European Championship.

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Solskjaer doesn’t expect Manchester United striker Anthony Martial to play again this season

“Eric is still in Ivory Coast. He needs a negative test before he can come back to England so we are still waiting for that one, ”Solskjaer said.

“Anthony has started his recovery and if we see him before the end of the season, I will be very surprised.

“Of course he is determined to come back as soon as possible because there are important games for us towards the end of the season and there are the Euros.

“He’s disappointed that he can’t help us now, but of course he wants to work to get back as quickly as possible. “

Henderson or De Gea?

Solskjaer has not said whether Dean Henderson or David de Gea will be in goals in Spain, having retained the first against Brighton on Sunday.

Henderson has started the last seven appearances for United after De Gea was given a month off to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

Henderson and David De Gea compete to be Manchester United's number one
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David de Gea and Dean Henderson compete to become Manchester United’s No.1 goalkeeper

“I have two very, very good options and whoever plays will play well I’m sure,” Solskjaer said.

“I can’t prioritize the league or the Europa League – every game here is the most important. The next one is the most important.

“Whenever I try to explain to players why they aren’t playing in this particular game, what to do and what my plans are with them – all of these discussions are kept private of course.

“David was one of the best, the best goalies and he’s still the best, the best goalies. He works to be ready when he plays.

“If it’s Dean, David, I’m very comfortable with them playing both and I’m very happy that neither of them is happy not to play. “

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