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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone further than before in his
clarification over Marcus Rashford’s back injury, even though the situation
around the Manchester United striker is confusing.
Effectively he has been nursing a back complaint since
United played Burnley on 28 December but he felt fit enough to play in the FA Cup
replay with Wolves.
It was then Rashford suffered the double fracture of his
back which will keep him out for months.
Solskjaer is adamant Rashford was not carrying the
complaint into the Wolves game.
SMS Message: Re: Kev @ 9:36 – United made the right call on Haaland if his agent was demanding as much money as he apparently was. Mino Raiola has made more money out of United’s stupidity than any of us are likely to earn in a lifetime. from Luke
Re: Kev @ 9:36 – United made the right call on Haaland if his agent was demanding as much money as he apparently was. Mino Raiola has made more money out of United’s stupidity than any of us are likely to earn in a lifetime.
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United did not need Haaland. We have Martial and Greenwood as centre forwards, Rashford and James as left sided attackers. The issue is we have no-one at all to play on the right and haven’t for years.
Here’s more from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Marcus Rashford’s injury and the possibility of academy players stepping-up in his absence.
“Marcus is good, he’s a positive guy and he knows this is not what he wanted but he’s always positive,” said Solskjaer. “He wants to get back as quickly and safely as possible and we’ll give him that time. When he feels ready and medically cleared he’ll be back.
“It might be too early for the academy strikers yet, of course Mason (Greenwood) is going to get more chances now, Juan (Mata) will have to step up again. There’ll be more chances for ones in the squad, we know we’re stretched for numbers but we’ll cope with that.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Marcus Rashford’s fitness amid speculation the England striker was already struggling before he suffered a back injury against Wolves.
The Norwegian has denied those claims and says the club is scouring the transfer market for potential replacements.
“He won’t be fit for this game that’s for sure, he will be
out for a while, he’ll get the time he needs to recover,” he said. “We’re always looking
at improving the squad and seeing if there’s anything out there but nothing I
can talk about now.
“He’s not had that injury before. He complained a
little bit after Burnley, he felt it the first time, and we managed him as well
as we could then, he had some days off for treatment, taken off in games and
suddenly this was a new injury. He didn’t have any injuries before then.”
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- signed 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Reinier Jesus from Flamengo for £26m.
Reinier, who has signed a six-year deal at the Spanish giants, only made his senior debut for Flamengo on 31 July last year.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is holding his news conference five
minutes earlier than normal this morning.
The Manchester United manager is under pressure after
Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool.
The same is also true of executive vice-chairman Ed
Woodward, who was blamed yesterday by Gary Neville for United’s poor
recruitment in recent seasons.
It’s claimed Mourinho thought Rose was not fit enough to feature due to a back problem, something the England defender vehemently disagreed with.
We will hear what Mourinho has to say on the matter after 13:00 GMT.
Dean Smith’s side have played their last three game without a recognised centre forward after losing Brazilian Wesley for the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained at Burnley on New Year’s Day.
Samatta will be the first Tanzanian to play in the Premier League, but he won’t be available for Villa’s home match against Watford tonight.
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Sala was flying to Cardiff from Nantes when the plane he was in crashed into the English Channel on 21 January 2019.
The Bluebirds say fans can lay wreaths at the Fred Keenor statue at Cardiff City Stadium.
Nantes are planning a commemorative shirt to raise funds for the Argentine clubs Sala, 28, played for.
BBC Sport also travelled to Sala’s hometown of Progreso to speak to the striker’s family as they prepare to mark a year since his passing.