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How Man Utd could line up against Tottenham with Marcus Rashford an injury doubt and dilemma over De Gea and Henderson


MANCHESTER UNITED have been handed a boost with Marcus Rashford set to be fit to start this weekend’s clash against Tottenham.

The England star was on target in the 2-0 Europa League win over Granada but was withdrawn during the game due to a lingering foot issue.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted pre-match that Rashford was not 100 per cent fit after he was also forced off in the win over Brighton.

But the Norwegian played down any fears that the 23-year-old’s injury problems had worsened meaning he is likely to start on Sunday.

He said: “I don’t think you need to be concerned about his fitness, no, of course barring any injury.

“His fitness is really good, he’s an athletic boy, he’s a fit boy, a strong boy. You see tonight when he goes into headers and challenges, he can look after himself.

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His fitness is really good, he’s an athletic boy, he’s a fit boy, a strong boy

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Marcus Rashford

“At one point of course you hope to get to a postion where he doesn’t have to play every game, every minute and at the moment we have to take him off because his foot’s a little bit sore.

“Hopefully that’ll improve as the season goes on because I think he was better tonight than he was on Sunday.”

Solskjaer is already facing a striker crisis with Anthony Martial out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The French international injured his left knee in France’s World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan late last month, which they won 2-0.

Edinson Cavani provided a late cameo on Thursday and may get a chance to start in Martial’s absence with Rashford back on the left.

With the David De Gea and Dean Henderson saga rumbling on, Solskjaer made a big statement in starting the latter in midweek.

Having regularly used his ‘back-up’ goalkeeper in the Europa League, it suggests Henderson will return to the starting XI this weekend.

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And Spaniard De Gea is reportedly set to be axed in the summer with Europe’s biggest clubs being offered his services.





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