KEY POINTS

  • An unfit Rashford came in as a substitute during FA Cup match against Wolves
  • Ian Wright has blamed Solskjaer for Rashford's condition
  • Man Utd recently lost 2-0 to arch-rivals Liverpool in Premier League

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has taken a dig at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying he “thought about himself before the player” after it was revealed that Marcus Rashford could be out for at least three months due to an injury.

Rashford, who was reportedly not fit when he came in as a substitute during Man Utd’s 1-0 win over Wolves, was taken off later on after he picked up a back injury during the FA Cup match.

Speaking on the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 Live, Wright insisted that “someone should be held accountable” as the wrong decision of playing an unfit Rashford is likely to cause damage for the former champions now.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he knew Marcus Rashford was struggling and played him against Wolves - now he's out for three months. We're talking about an explosive player that's going to need to be right [to play]. Solskjaer's under intense pressure to get United back where they were and he's thought about himself before he thought about the player - Solskjaer has put himself above Marcus Rashford's health. Now, one of their most promising and most important players is out and that has to come to the manager's door,” former Premier League winner Wright added.

Missing Marcus: Manchester United must cope without top scorer Marcus Rashford for at least six weeks Missing Marcus: Manchester United must cope without top scorer Marcus Rashford for at least six weeks Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS

From the beginning of December until the Wolves game, Rashford had featured in 13 games, starting 11 of them and had scored nine goals in that period. Overall, so far in the 2019-20 season, the forward has already netted 19 goals for Man Utd in as many as 31 appearances across all competitions.

Man Utd, who were without Rashford during their latest Liverpool outing, ended up losing the match 2-0 at Anfield. The 20-time champions are currently in fifth place ahead of their Premier League home game against Burnley on Thursday.