Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Marcus Rashford has been included in Manchester United’s travelling squad to take on Granada in the Europa League on Thursday but stressed he won’t be risked if there is a chance of further injury.
The 23-year-old was withdrawn after picking up a knock in the second half of last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Brighton but returned to training on Wednesday morning.
Speaking ahead of the first leg of United’s crunch Europa League quarter-final tie against Granada, Solskjaer admitted he won’t be taking any risks with the forward.
‘I can’t disclose my team now, we’re not going to do that,’ he said.
‘Marcus is travelling and we have to make a decision tomorrow if he starts or is on the bench. I don’t think he’ll play 90 minutes.’
‘There’s always a risk when you step out on to the pitch, but if the physio says it’s too much of a risk I would never pick him.
‘I don’t pick players when we know there is a risk,’ he added.
‘Now, Marcus joined in training this morning and let’s see how he reacts.
‘If there’s any risk of making this worse, I’m not going to overplay him. His back has recovered, but he’s a tough one and he wants to play, he wants to give his all for Man United.
‘We’ll listen to what he says like we did on Saturday when he came off and said it was too sore.’
Solskjaer will also be without Anthony Martial, who picked up a knee injury on international duty with France, and the United boss admitted he will be ‘very surprised’ if the striker were to feature again this season.
‘Anthony has started his recovery,’ he said.
‘If we see him before the end of the season I’ll be very surprised. He wants to get back as quick as possible.’