Manchester United have Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial problems after their 3-1 defeat to PSG, albeit for differing reasons. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were plucky in defeat, putting up a fight as a brace from Neymar and Marquinhos strike gave the visitors all three points. And they’ll be looking for a response when they face West Ham on Saturday night (5.30pm).
United entered the fray against PSG aiming for a third straight victory over the Ligue 1 giants.
However, Solskjaer’s men couldn’t pick up all three points on a disappointing evening at Old Trafford.
Neymar opened the scoring in the first half, with the Brazil international blasting past David De Gea from close range after being set free on the left-hand side of the penalty area.
United levelled through Marcus Rashford before Marquinhos then struck to restore PSG’s lead.
The Red Devils were on top at that time but Fred saw red and Neymar struck again to ensure Thomas Tuchel’s side pick up a much-needed win, one that puts them in a good position ahead of the final round of fixtures.
But United now have Rashford and Martial problems.
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Rashford was electric against PSG.
The England international seems to enjoy playing against the Ligue 1 giants and scored again them for the third match on the trot.
However, his night was cut short because of a shoulder injury.
This prompted Bruno Fernandes into screaming at Solskjaer to make a change, with the Portugal international visibly worried for his team-mate.
Solskjaer said after the game: “It’s a niggling shoulder injury.
“Let’s see how quickly he can recover. Hopefully he will be ready for the West Ham game.”
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United can be forgiven for fearing the worst, however.
Rashford was sidelined for six months earlier in the year after injuring his shoulder in a 1-0 FA Cup victory over Wolves last term.
And United will need him back quickly, especially with Edinson Cavani expected to be banned for the next three league matches.
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Martial, simply put, is out of form.
The France international spurned two glorious chances against PSG, opportunities the France international may very well have put away last term.
With Rashford possibly injured for the foreseeable future, Cavani facing a ban and Mason Greenwood suffering problems this term, Martial’s drop-off is alarming.
He’ll likely start against West Ham on Saturday.
But the Red Devils need him back to his best – and fast.
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