Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford suffers injury woe during international break

The forward has been in bad form having failed to find the back of the net for the last two months

By Web Desk
November 18, 2023
Marcus Rashford was forced to leave the field in the 61st minute. — Reuters

Manchester United’s forward Marcus Rashford suffered an injury setback during England’s two-goal win against Malta at the Wembley Stadium on Friday (November 17).

Rashford started the game with the hope of finding the back of the net but the 26-year-old failed to do so. However, his problems increased in the 61st minute when he was forced to leave the field limping after a heavy collision with his teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold.

England boss Gareth Southgate revealed that the right-footed forward was fine and was taken off as a precautionary measure.

"I think he [Rashford] is probably okay. We just thought given the nature of the collision and it was a chance to get Cole into the game. I haven’t assessed too much but I think he was okay when he came off,” Southgate said.

On the other hand, Man United’s newly-bought goalkeeper Andre Onana, too, got injured while playing for Cameroon as he was taken off the field in the 81st minute.

The problems for the Red Devils have increased to an extent as they play Everton away on November 26 while head coach Erik ten Hag will not be on the sidelines to guide his team as he has been banned for one game after receiving a yellow card in last match against Luton Town FC.

The 20-time Premier League champions are already without three key players — Casemiro, Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez — out with long-term problems and if Onana and Rashford are ruled out for the next time, things could get really bad for Ten Hag’s men.

It is worth mentioning that United are having a woeful season as they are on the verge of being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League with just one win in four games. If they finish last on the group stage, they would be out of the competition but should they finish third, they would be downgraded to the UEFA Europa League.