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Marcus Rashford form and fitness fears dismissed by Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United aren’t taking a risk by continuing to play Marcus Rashford.

Rashford, who hopes to be fit to face Brighton on Sunday, missed England’s three 2022 World Cup qualifiers last month after limping out of the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Leicester.

The striker has looked out of sorts in recent games and his management team say he’s not been fully fit for two years.

But although he’s suffered shoulder and foot injuries, Solskjaer says the 23-year-old is “resilient and robust” – and United aren’t exposing him to danger.

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“I don’t have any concerns about Marcus’ general fitness at all. Every footballer carries a bit here and there. Very seldom do you say you’re 100 per cent fit” says the United chief.

Marcus Rashford is a regular for Man Utd
Marcus Rashford is a regular for Man Utd

“I’ve been impressed by his resilience and robustness. He wants to play.

“He’s got a character that even if he feels something, he doesn’t want to miss games because he loves Man United and football too much to dip out.

“He wants to give everything. That’s all credit to him but, of course, the little knocks he’s carrying we have got great staff to look after him. But it’s not been too big a concern or worry.

The forward has struggled with several injuries in recent years

“There has never been a risk that we felt will damage him. It is just the way it is when you’re a professional footballer with a game every three or four days.

“It’s been relentless this season so we’ve not had the time.

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“Sometimes you can send them away for a week to a sunny place and that will hopefully come back again so that we can look after the players.”

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