International Sports Desk
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his decision to bring on Marcus Rushford “backfired” after the Man United forward sustained a back injury in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Wolves.
The United striker landed awkwardly after tangling with Wolves full-back Matt Doherty and was replaced by Jesse Lingard in the 80th minute of the game,having come on as a sub himself in the 64th minute.
United went on to set up a fourth round tie against the winner of the replay between Watford and Tranmere Rovers.
Rushford was the first United player to come on as substitute before then being substituted himself in the same FA Cup match since Alan Smith against Liverpool in February 2006.
Rushford lasted just 16 minutes before being forced off.
“I didn’t want to play him. I think he got a knock, a knee or something, in his back, but he’s been struggling for a little while,” Solskjaer said of Rashford, who has scored 19 times for United this season.
“That’s why we have kept him away (from starting against Wolves), but we needed the win. He was involved in the goal so that was a positive move but it backfired.”
Danny Higginbotham assesses the impact on United if Rushford fails to recover from his back injury n time for the match against Liverpool on Sunday.
“Hes a quick healer and he will play through some pain, definitely, if he is capable and its not a bad, bad injury, but we have seen that he’s struggled lately,” said Solskjaer.
Rushford expressed his frustration at having to be substituted writing on Twitter: “Never want to feel like have let my team mates, the club and most importantly so did my very best to carry on tonight and was gutted to come off.
” Top work from the lads to get into the next round.”