Marcus Rashford has defied the odds to prove his fitness and hand Manchester United a major boost ahead of tonight’s Premier League meeting with West Ham. The forward was initially ruled out of the clash by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but is now expected to be part of the Red Devils squad.
Rashford missed the 1-1 draw with AC Milan in midweek after limping off with an ankle problem in the 2-0 win at Manchester City.
There had been doubts that Rashford may have suffered damage to his ankle ligaments but he received the all clear from medical staff following scans, despite bruising.
United are already short in attack, with Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial both ruled out against the Hammers with injury problems.
The club are reportedly frustrated with the Uruguyan’s recent fitness issues in the midst of his father’s interview with TyC Sports, in which he outlined his son’s plan to leave the club this summer.
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It’s not the first time the United boss has used the crafty tactic, after he ruled Scott McTominay out of the trip to Chelsea. He later started.
Should Rashford be deemed ready, it’s likely that he will jump straight back into the starting XI.
Dean Henderson is also set to start despite the return of David de Gea.
The Spaniard has been back in his homeland with his wife following the birth of his daughter.
Henderson is now set to be given the chance to nail down a starting spot, despite failing to stop Simon Kjaer’s headed equaliser on Thursday.
Solskjaer is still undecided on his first-choice goalkeeper and there has been some suggestion he could sign a new No 1 this summer.
Nick Pope is reportedly a target for United with Burnley expected to demand around £50million for his services.
Paul Pogba also remains sidelined due to the thigh injury he picked up in the 3-3 draw with Everton in January.
The Frenchman’s presence has been sorely missed in the middle of the park, with Bruno Fernandes struggling to carry the team on his own.
United will also be without Donny van de Beek again, if Solskjaer is true to his word on this occasion.
It means Scott McTominay looks set to partner Fred a the base of midfield.
Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof are also expected to return after being rested against Milan.