Jose Mourinho admitted some players would ‘not play for two weeks’ after picking up same injury as Marcus Rashford, but believes the England international will be available for their clash with Arsenal in midweek.
The Portuguese was forced to bring the 21-year-old off during United’s 2-2 draw against Southampton, with the youngster complaining of ‘fatigue’, and replaced him for Anthony Martial as the Red Devils pushed for a late winner.
With the next Premier League encounter coming so quickly – United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on Wednesday – many were concerned that Rashford would be unable to play no part.
However, Mourinho is confident the forward will be fit to play some part against Unai Emery’s side.
‘Fatigue, he was injured, he was asking to come out,’ Mourinho said. ‘It was not that kind of injury, some players with that kind of injury do not play for two weeks but Marcus, I am pretty sure will be fine for the next one.
‘But it’s one kick here, one kick there, one fall here, one fall there.
‘Fatigue, lots of running, lots of movement, 75 minutes and he was done and we tried then with Martial replacing him.’
Rashford assisted both Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera’s goals as United fought from 2-0 down to draw, and Mourinho was impressed with the hunger of the youngster.
‘I would say Marcus Rashford was a mad dog until he was very, very tired and with little problems,’ he told BT Sport.
‘That appetite, that desire, that fire you have, you need that to recover the ball faster and to recover the ball higher on the pitch.’