Before the clubs stopped playing to make way for international matches, Man Utd came back to beat Fulham 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Notably, Man Utd’s joy is not complete.
Man Utd homepage announced: “Rashford has been forced to withdraw from the England squad. The striker was injured in the win over Fulham.”
Rashford has scored 30 goals for club and country this season with a goal to seal a 1-0 victory in the second leg of the Europa League round of 16 against Real Betis. He also scored three goals for England at the 2022 World Cup, bringing the total number of goals in the Three Lions shirt to 15 after 51 appearances.
Rashford is in high form. It is not clear how serious the injury is, but not participating in this training will give him more time to recover.
In fact, Rashford shows that he does not show any signs of having a physical problem. During the time when his colleagues had to work hard for the national team, Rashford was seen traveling as far as the United States.
This is the time when the 25-year-old striker takes a break, recharges his energy before returning and joining Man Utd into the most stressful period of the season. Not only Rashford, the Old Trafford club also received a kick named Luke Shaw.
The Manchester United defender was sent off during England’s 2-1 win over Italy in the opening leg of the EURO 2024 qualifying round on the morning of March 24 (Vietnam time). And for Manchester United, this is really good news.
Shaw was sent off for receiving two consecutive yellow cards after just 54 seconds. The first yellow card came in the 78th minute from the referee Srdjan Jovanovic due to a time error. Soon after, Shaw received a second yellow card for a foul on striker Mateo Retegui.
Thus, Shaw will be suspended for the next match and he will be returned to the host club earlier than expected. Manchester United need as many rested players as possible. And this red card means that Shaw’s time off from playing for the national team in this gathering is over.
Shaw may return to Carrington to join his Manchester United teammates a few days early. At that time, Harry Maguire became the only Man United player still in the England team. But Maguire is just a backup plan, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Manchester United return to play on April 2 with a trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League. This is an important match, greatly affecting the race for the top 4. In April, Man Utd kicked up to 9 matches because he still participated in 3 arenas.
A few days off will help Shaw. The Englishman has made 35 appearances for Man United this season, despite the arrival and competition of Tyrell Malacia at left-back.
In general, Man Utd is preparing to compete and they do not want to see the injured pillars.
Xiao Lam | 13:07 March 24, 2023