There are few bigger fixtures in world football than Liverpool v Manchester United. This weekend’s edition is set to be one of the most sided to date. Kopites should be hoping that Paul Scholes is right about Marcus Rashford ahead of the weekend’s game.
This week Manchester United took on Wolves in an FA Cup replay. The game ended 1-0 to the Red Devils but there was a downside to the victory.
Marcus Rashford was brought on for Daniel James after the hour mark but the Englishman lasted just 16 minutes before being taken off again.
The 22-year-old striker is currently United’s top scorer with 19 goals this season.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Paul Scholes said he feels Marcus Rashford will be fit for Sunday, telling the studio:
“This was an opportunity for him to have a break tonight and okay, it didn’t work out because he had to come on as United were struggling a little bit but I think he’ll be OK. Maybe a bit of ice and a couple of days rest but he’ll be alright for Sunday.”
Rashford was pulled off with a back injury against Wolves. If there is one defender you don’t want to come up against when you’re fragile, it’s Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds’ imposing number four has established himself as the best centre half in the world bar none. With Rashford potentially entering the game with a dodgy back, a couple of 50/50s with Big Virgil could see the Englishman leave the game early.
If Rashford starts and is forced off then United are down a sub. If he comes on and is forced off, they’re down two subs. If he stays on, there’s no way he can compete with Virgil van Dijk when carrying an injury.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best bet is to leave him out altogether, fingers crossed pride will get in the way.