Man Utd high scorer Marcus Rashford pressured off with suspected groin injury in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Everton; United play Sevilla within the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday; Erik ten Hag: “This was avoidable”
By Jack Wilkinson, @jacktwilkinson
Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag faces an anxious wait to study the extent of Marcus Rashford’s injury after the ahead was pressured off in Saturday’s victory over Everton.
Rashford, United’s high scorer this season with 28 objectives, hobbled from the sphere clutching his groin with 9 minutes to go at Old Trafford, elevating considerations over his availability for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final towards Sevilla.
Asked how extreme Rashford’s injury was, Ten Hag informed reporters: “I can’t say in this moment, I’m not a doctor. We have to wait how bad or how good it is. Obviously he went off and we have to wait for the diagnosis and we will see.”
Rashford’s injury, coupled with the potential for United taking part in 65 video games this season in the event that they attain the finals of the FA Cup and Europa League, prompted contemporary calls from Ten Hag for more considerate scheduling.
United misplaced at Newcastle in final Sunday’s late kick-off and performed Brentford on Wednesday earlier than kicking off this weekend’s spherical of fixtures with the lunchtime sport towards Everton.
“Some things you can’t avoid, but this was avoidable,” Ten Hag mentioned. “Why has the Premier League given us the late Sunday evening sport and the early Saturday sport? I believe it isn’t proper.
“You are working a danger; gamers cannot get well that rapidly. All science and analysis will let you know gamers want a sure time to get well.
“It is also part of the schedule that we are now finding ourselves in this situation and now we can only pray he [Rashford] is not dropping off.”
Asked whether or not he was responsible of overplaying Rashford, and whether or not that was indicative of a scarcity of depth within the squad, Ten Hag mentioned: “Not any supervisor on this stage of the season will rotate a lot.
“I do know that’s the reason that is the hardest league and in all of the leagues and competitions we have been in then you definitely want a squad to rotate to a sure level, however this was avoidable, it was not essential to set the schedule like now we have now.
“Other issues are more necessary from a sporting component like defending the gamers. Today was noticed an entertaining afternoon however gamers cannot do this when they don’t seem to be contemporary.
“We created loads of probabilities however lacking probabilities is because of a scarcity of freshness within the last second. You danger accidents so now we have to guard the gamers, and that’s additionally within the curiosity of what the viewers wish to see. You need to have the most effective gamers on the pitch.”
With objectives from Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial establishing a 2-0 lead for United with 19 minutes remaining, Ten Hag was requested why Rashford wasn’t withdrawn earlier than the injury occurred.
“I had that consideration, it’s a fair question,” the Dutchman conceded.
“But in that second, you need additionally Anthony Martial, who’s coming again, again in routines [with Rashford] as a result of when they’re collectively now we have two medical gamers who can end video games and that’s what we would like within the last a part of the season to achieve success.
“The different factor is, there was no indication [of Rashford’s injury] in any respect, there was no indication within the final days or on this sport. If there was I’d in fact have taken him off.”