Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he is optimistic that the ankle injury suffered by Marcus Rashford in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City is not a serious one.
Rashford managed 73 minutes of the derby victory before limping off with an ankle injury which he appeared to pick up after sprinting back down the pitch to make a crucial tackle to halt City’s momentum.
“It is one of them. It was a great recovery run, a recovery sprint, he saved maybe a goal, so he sacrificed himself for the team,” Solskjaer revealed to the club’s official website after the game.
“It is something with his ankle I think. I am not a doctor but hopefully it is not too bad. We will have to scan him in the morning.”
The boss went on to discuss his side’s fantastic performance, admitting his delight at seeing his players’ determination and desire to get a victory when most had written them off before the match even started.
“It is fantastic,” he continued. “The start of course sets the tone for the game and after one minute we have a penalty and a goal. After being positive!
“Anthony [Martial] gets the ball and looks forward, he drives inside the box. Be positive, that’s what we want from our players. I am delighted for everyone and especially Anthony, who has had a hard time. I thought he was Man of the Match.
“I am delighted with the attitude because in games like this you don’t belong to yourself anymore, you belong to Man Utd. You go out there and do your best for Man Utd.”
Despite all the excitement over what was undoubtedly an impressive win against their rivals, Solskjaer dismissed claims that United are back in a title race. City still sit 11 points clear at the top of the table, so the boss’ focus was simply on how this result boosted their top-four hopes instead.
“We just take one game at a time, of course they’re too far ahead to think that we should catch them,” he confessed. “Last year we caught 15 points over Leicester, but of course these are a different proposition.
“They’ve been excellent and even today, they do put you under so much pressure that you see you’re playing against a very, very good team.”