KEY POINTS

  • Man Utd defeated Atalanta 3-2 at Old Trafford on Wednesday
  • Rashford opened the scoring for Red Devils in the game
  • He was replaced by Cavani a few minutes after the goal

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to see Marcus Rashford start against Liverpool in their Premier League match on Sunday.

The Red Devils defeated Atalanta 3-2 on Wednesday in a dramatic finish in the Champions League group game, which was Rashford’s only second appearance for the English side in the ongoing season. 

The England national underwent a knee surgery ahead of the 2021-22 and was sidelined until he returned for the away league game against Leicester City. Even though Rashford scored, his side ended up losing 4-2.

Against Atalanta, Solskjaer suffered an injury scare when Rashford suffered a dead leg at Old Trafford and had to be replaced in the 66th minute by Edinson Cavani. However, Solskjaer is optimistic that Rashford’s issue is not serious. 

"He has worked really hard. His injury, or the surgery, meant he couldn’t train with contact but he has been training physically and now he is physically very robust. Now it is about getting football form back. And it is coming. Marcus is a natural talent but he also wants to work on his game and he has already worked a lot individually without contact allowed. It showed [against Atalanta] because he was really composed and took his goal really well," Solskjaer told Man Utd’s official website

Meanwhile, Rashford has a great record against Liverpool, having scored five times against the Anfield side. The only club he has netted more against is Leicester City (six).

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United Manchester United star forward Marcus Rashford underwent a surgery in the summer of 2021. Photo: Getty Images/Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA

Against Atalanta, Manchester United were trailing 0-2 during half-time at Old Trafford. Rashford opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the second half before skipper Harry Maguire netted a 75th-minute equalizer. Cristiano Ronaldo once again rescued Solskjaer’s side as he scored the decisive third goal and earned the crucial three points for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo, who has scored six goals in nine matches for Manchester United this season, received praise from boss Solskjaer, who has been under immense pressure as his side had dropped points twice prior to the Atlanta clash. 

"He's great in front of goal. If anyone wants to criticize him for work-rate or attitude, just watch this game. Watch how he runs around. The header is not on a par with his Roma one but he’s still got a leap and timing like no-one else," Solskjaer said after Man Utd’s nail-biting win on Wednesday.