KEY POINTS

  • Marcus Rashford has dealt with various injury issues this season
  • He has scored 20 goals and 13 assists this season for Man Utd
  • Man Utd will host Roma in Europa League semi-final Thursday

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Marcus Rashford would feature in Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Roma Thursday.

Solskjaer was relieved that no Manchester United player suffered an injury during their frustrating 0-0 draw against Leeds United in the Premier League last week.

"There are so many games! They’re all fit and available, we didn’t lose anyone from the last game, which was good. It was a hard-fought game of course against Leeds, high intensity. We’re ready and we’ve had good preparation for the rest of the season," Solskjaer told Manchester United’s media Wednesday.

It is understood that Rashford has not been fully fit since 2019 and this season, he has dealt with significant shoulder, foot and knee problems. Rashford, who played for 86 minutes in the Leeds game last Sunday, has been given clearance to feature in the Red Devils’ vital game against Roma at Old Trafford.

"Both [Eric Bailey and Rashford] of them are available. That’s good. We have managed Marcus and we have had to do it for quite a while. I feel he's gone through the worst now. He's available for selection tomorrow, he's happy with the progress," explained Solskjaer in the same interview.

While Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are still ruled out by injury, Solskjaer will have to make a tough choice in picking his goalkeeper for the game. Both David de Gea and Dean Henderson have been in great form of late.

"We hope we have a clean sheet and can build on that. I'm probably the luckiest manager in world football - both [keepers] have had 20+ games this season, our clean sheet record is great and both Dean and David want to lift the trophy. Whoever we go with has the support of his teammates," Solskjaer told the publication.

Manchester United's forward Marcus Rashford was the target of online racist abuse Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has not been fully fit since 2019 Photo: POOL / Tim Keeton

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw, who missed the 2017 Europa League final against Ajax due to injury, confirmed that he would start the game against Roma at home.

"I was happy but it's not the same when I did not have the kit on. I was happy for the club and my teammates. Luckily, tomorrow, I am playing," Shaw told Man Utd’s media on the eve of the Roma game.