Manchester United cruised past Everton 2-0 on Saturday thanks to goals from Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial, but Marcus Rashford had to withdraw due to a groin issue. This setback will have an impact on United's chances in three competitions.
Two days before United's Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla and FA Cup semi-final against Brighton at Wembley, Erik ten Hag has already expressed how congested their schedule is.
Manchester United cruised past Everton for a vital win that keeps them in the top four. Scott McTominay opened the scoring with an impressive first-half effort and Anthony Martial added another late goal to secure all three points for United.
United's win propels them up to third and creates a six-point cushion over Tottenham in fifth. United will now look forward to Thursday's Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla, as Christian Eriksen returns after being out injured for two months.
Everton had a frustrating afternoon, failing to create chances while having possession of the ball in Manchester United's half. However, they received an incredible boost 20 minutes from time when Seamus Coleman slipped under Lisandro Martinez's cross.
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Anthony Martial came off the bench to score twice for Manchester United in their 2-0 victory against Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday. After missing all of November due to injury, Martial opened the scoring in the 36th minute before adding another goal just 20 minutes from time. With two goals in two minutes, Martial sealed victory with his second strike of the day coming just 20 minutes from time.
Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag was delighted that the 23-year-old forward made a welcome return this season after missing four matches due to injuries. Despite these setbacks, Manchester United hopes that the forward can play an integral role in their final five matches before the World Cup begins next month.
Martial has already contributed to nine league goals this season, cementing himself as an indispensable member of Manchester United's squad. Hopefully he can maintain his good form in the remaining games and help United secure a top-four finish this year.
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At 81 minutes in Manchester United's 2-0 victory against Everton, Rashford was forced off with an apparent groin injury and replaced by Wout Weghorst. It is believed that Rashford had been limping around the pitch and down the tunnel after 81 minutes at Old Trafford.
He has scored 28 goals this season and is heavily relied on to keep United at the top of the table. Additionally, United are in negotiations over a new long-term deal for England international, which could begin soon.
The club announced he will miss Thursday's Europa League quarter-final first leg against Sevilla as well as Sunday's Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest. This comes at a major setback for a side who are currently in the thick of their most crucial run-in of the campaign.
Erik ten Hag, however, lamented the hectic fixture schedule that had seen United play three matches in six days. Additionally, he expressed concern over their reliance on Rashford - who has scored 28 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions this season.
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On Saturday afternoon, Marcus Rashford suffered a groin injury during the 2-0 victory against Everton and it remains uncertain when the England forward will return to action. It comes as an enormous setback for manager Erik ten Hag who has relied heavily on him this season.
United needed a boost in their pursuit of a top-four finish, but this wasn't what they had hoped for. Now they will embark on an intense three-match stretch over the coming weeks that includes an Europa League quarter final against Sevilla on Thursday and an FA Cup semi-final against Brighton at Wembley on 23 April.
Rashford is expected to miss both legs of the Europa League quarter final and at least the next two Premier League matches. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that he has scored 28 goals this season at just 25 years old.