Marcus Rashford set to return to Man United line-up this weekend

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United leaves the pitch after the match during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced that he’ll “probably” start Marcus Rashford in Saturday’s game against Southampton after recovering from an ankle injury.

The English forward sustained damage to his ankle in Manchester United’s goalless draw last weekend against Liverpool at Old Trafford and, therefore, was dropped to the bench in Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.

In Rashford’s absence, Romelu Lukaku delivered a Man of the Match performance by netting two goals at Selhurst Park with Ashley Young scoring United’s third.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference this morning, however, Solskjaer confirmed that Rashford has returned to full fitness while discussing his team selection for the Premier League game against Southampton.

“Rashford is fully fit now. I’ll probably start him,” said Solskjaer on the club website.

“I don’t think there will be many changes. It’s the last session today, but we’re not going to take any risks, so maybe Anthony [Martial], but it might just be even a few more days before he’s ready, so probably the squad will look similar to what it did on Wednesday.

“Maybe one-third of them will be Academy kids – maybe even more – so that’s a good point to take out of it.”

The Red Devils secured a record eighth consecutive away victory at Palace this week and now Solskjaer hopes they can carry over that form to Old Trafford following their recent setbacks at home.

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He added: “It’s about getting back to winning ways at home.

“The Liverpool game was a draw, and the Burnley game before that was a draw, so we need to start picking up more points at home. So that’s the focus now.”

Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic are all sidelined for United this weekend with Phil Jones doubtful.

United, who are fifth in the Premier League table, will begin their match against Southampton at 4:00 PM (CET).