Solskjaer explains why he kept Rashford on the field despite injury

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Marcus Rashford for staying on the pitch against Liverpool whilst injured.

The Manchester United manager had to make three substitutions in the first half due to injuries to Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

The Red Devils held on for a point against their rivals at Old Trafford and Solskjaer thinks Rashford was key to the result.

Solskjaer said: ‘He was injured in the first minute, the first tackle they made on him, one of plenty.

‘The first tackle, [Jordan] Henderson went through his ankle like a balloon there. That was one of many fouls on him, if that’s not an accumulation of fouls I don’t know.’

The United boss was unable to make a substitution to take Rashford off having made three substitutions and he was asked how worried he was about keeping him on.

‘Very, but you know he’s a warrior, he’s a manc, and he knows what this means. We had to keep him on because we had already made 3 subs, ‘ Solskjaer added.

Liverpool dominated possession during the game but Solskjaer did not think United were troubled often.

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‘The fans they were the 11th man, because we had half a Marcus [Rashford] and the crowd was fantastic.

‘I cannot remember David [De Gea] having to make a save, so we kept them out of it and probably created one or two massive moments when we could’ve scored.

‘Chris, if he was a striker he would’ve got his studs on that one. Jesse’s chance before he got the recurrence of his injury, that was the biggest.

‘We’ve lost a few with muscle injuries, hamstring. But we’ve got some good kids coming through. We’ll have 11 players on the pitch on wednesday. Luckily we’ve got 2 days recovery!’

Fans on social media respected Rashford for staying on despite clearly playing with pain.

One person said: ‘Have to respect Rashford, playing through injury.’

While another said: ‘Rashford is an absolute warrior.’

The praise kept coming as one person said: ‘What a freaking soldier is Marcus Rashford. Injured and still powering through. That’s. My. Boy.’

Another said: ‘Rashford clearly just gritting his teeth and getting on with it. Real heart.’

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