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Marcus Rashford once again finds himself in the starting line-up for Manchester United – despite clearly needing a rest.
The Red Devils forward has been injured of late and was withdrawn from England duty last month due to a foot problem.
After the international break, Rashford was again thrust straight back in from the outset for his club against Brighton, before being brought off early by Solskjaer.
However, the forward starts from the outset again this evening, in the Europa League quarter-final against Granada.
And Solskjaer's reliance on the 23-year-old stems from a summer of missed targets in the transfer window.
United tried to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford before failing to meet Borussia Dortmund's demands.
Meanwhile, the likes of Federico Chiesa, Federico Bernardeschi, David Brooks and Ansu Fati were all tentatively linked with a transfer.
It was clear Solskjaer wanted a right-sided winger brought in – and although he was handed Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo at the business end of the window, neither were immediately ready to dive into first-team action.
Edinson Cavani was also a late addition last summer but can only really be deployed as a central striker and not out wide.
That means Solskjaer solely relies on Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Dan James as his wide men at present.
And this means Rashford continues to play through the pain for his club.
“I can’t disclose the team now,” Solskjaer said this week, days before Rashford was announced as a starter against Granada.
“Marcus is travelling and we’ve just got to make a decision tomorrow if he starts or if he’s on the bench.
“I don’t think he’ll be a 90-minute man so let’s see where he’s at tomorrow.”
Rashford, however, appears to have no issue with playing through the pain barrier.
“I just focus on the next game at hand and that's how I deal with it. What's needed after we'll deal with that after, but my main focus is just to be available for the games," he told the Daily Mirror.
“I know my body and I know what I can do physically and that's it. I take one game at a time and it's the life of footballer.
“We can rest when we retire and for now I want to play as much as I can. I recover from games quite well and from injuries I have no doubts, so I have no worries.”
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