It seems the international break always creates havoc on top teams. This is not something Manchester United can escape from, and we experienced it during October when several players suffered physical problems during the break. Most notably, Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic returned from international duty slightly injured. This time, the injury bug – also known as the ‘FIFA bug’ – bit The Red Devils once again during the November international break.
This time, it was the turn of Marcus Rashford. The talented prospect left England’s match against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League due to an undisclosed injury. We don’t know the extend of the injury. In fact, we will only know that once he returns to United’s training ground. But one thing is clear. Manchester United shouldn’t worry too much regarding his potential absence.
The injury happened in the 73rd minute of Rashford’s 31st cap with the Three Lions. He was clearly in pain, and Rashford went straight to the dressing room limping noticeably. But looking towards Manchester United’s immediate fixture – one that includes matches against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Young Boys next Tuesday, and Southampton during the next weekend – it does not look as if The Red Devils would be desperate to have him fit and ready to go.
Who could take Rashford’s place?
We have Romelu Lukaku, and we know the Belgian will start if fit. We have Jesse Lingard, who played a crucial role during England’s massive win over Croatia. Alexis Sanchez should be regaining his touch, and looked very active against Costa Rica playing for Chile. And Anthony Martial remains on the best form of his life. The Frenchman has looked as one of the best players for United this season, no doubt about it. He shouldn’t be removed from the starting XI until further notice.
Sure, Rashford does offer some interesting things for United upfront. But there’s no reason to rush his recovery. Especially since there are lots of alternatives to replace him, and considering there’s a packed schedule in both November and December.