Marcus Rashford, the leading scorer for Manchester United, has been sidelined with a muscle injury and will miss a few games, according to manager Erik Ten Hag. The 25-year-old forward was substituted off in the 80th minute during United’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Everton at Old Trafford. United have not provided a specific timetable for his return, but Rashford has already started his rehabilitation process.
Ten Hag stated in a press conference ahead of Thursday’s match that Rashford is “disappointed” but is “not totally broke because he will return quickly. He’s started his rehab and that helps to get back soon.” United will miss the England international for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final match against Sevilla. Follow your favourite team in the Champions League with attractive betting odds from NextBet.
Rashford’s absence is a significant setback for United, who will be looking to Anthony Martial to fill in for the striker. Ten Hag supported the French forward and dismissed criticism of the 27-year-old, who has seven goals in 17 appearances this season despite missing much of the season due to injury.
Martial has made substitute appearances in United’s last three league games, scoring once against Everton. “I think he is ready to start… the front line did very well against Brentford and we picked the same against Everton,” Ten Hag said. “The advantage was we could bring Martial back slowly, giving him minutes, but I think already against Everton he was ready to start the game.”
United are also without winger Alejandro Garnacho and defender Luke Shaw.
The Red Devils are currently competing for silverware on multiple fronts, including the Europa League and the FA Cup. They have already won the League Cup and sit in second place in the Premier League with 63 points from 30 games. Get all latest updates from the world of football only on NextBet Sports.
The team is optimistic about their chances of success this season. Goalkeeper David de Gea said, “We are playing really good football. We’ve already won one cup and we’re all enjoying it, the dressing room is close together and the players are giving their all in training and games. We are still in three competitions and we’re in the right way.”