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Solskjaer: Rashford injury opens door for Greenwood & Mata

Solskjaer: Rashford injury opens door for Greenwood & Mata Photo: TT
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the English FA Cup 3rd round replay match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnae Solskjaer has called on Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata to step in the injury-enforced absence of star striker Marcus Rashford.

The Red Devils play Burnley in the English Premier League on Wednesday night but will be without Rashford, who has netted 14 league goals this campaign.

Rashford is out of action for an indefinite period due to a double stress fracture in his back.

The next best goal return after Rashford for United this term has come from Anthony Martial with eight goals, while Greenwood has contributed four strikes.

Next best is young pair Daniel James and Scott McTominay after him on three strikes each, while Mata got his maiden goal of the campaign in last weeks 1-0 FA Cup win over Wolverhampton.

Solskjaer said: Of course, Mason is going to get more chances now.

Juan will have to step up again, so there will be more chances for the ones we’ve got in the squad.

The Norwegian boss confirmed United had no fresh injury concerns after Sundays 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

I dont think there were any other knocks in that game last weekend so we should have the same players to be available against Burnley, which is positive, Solskjaer said.

Of course, we are stretched and some of the players have played a lot. And they’re improving for it and will reap the benefit and get stronger physically and mentally more robust.

Of course, it’s great having Eric (Bailly), Diogo (Dalot) and Luke (Shaw) back in so we have got more choices.

It’s a blow Marcus being out but that’s football. It’s part and parcel of it. He’s been fantastic all season for us and now, unfortunately, we have to do without him.

Elsewhere, Tottenham hosts bottom club Norwich City and Leicester City entertain West Ham United.

Ben somerford
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