Manchester United have been handed a huge setback in their quest to finish in the top four in the Premier League, after Marcus Rashford was ruled out for several weeks.
The Red Devils’ forward is expected to miss a few weeks with a back problem, after being forced off in the 1-0 victory against Wolves in an FA Cup third round replay in midweek.
The England international then missed the clash with Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield, with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming before the game that he faces a few weeks on the sidelines.
But chief football writer for The Times, Henry Winter , has posted an update on social media that the England international is set to be out for between two and three months with a double stress fracture, having been carrying a single stress fracture prior to the Wolves game.
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That would be a huge blow to United and their hopes of finishing in the top four this season, with the Red Devils currently sitting fifth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
United are currently ahead of Wolves on goal difference, one point ahead of Sheffield United and three points ahead of Tottenham in eighth, but Rashford’s absence will be a big blow for the Red Devils, with the England man the club’s top goalscorer in the Premier League this season.
And he is set to miss some crucial games in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League, and big matches in the battle for the top four.
That includes games against rivals Chelsea, Wolves and Tottenham, who are all due to face Manchester United in the next few weeks.
If Rashford misses two months, he could return before April, while if he is ruled out for three months, he could miss as many as 12 Premier League games.
United’s fixture list between now and the end of April is as…