Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Marcus Rashford is still considering his options when it comes to potentially undergoing shoulder surgery this summer.
Rashford has been managing an issue with his shoulder for the best part of eight months now, and he saw a specialist last week to try and determine whether an operation would be the best move for him at this point in his career.
It was suggested that Rashford had already decided to go under the knife, but Solskjaer has since insisted that a final decision is yet to be made.
“We’re looking at the best option, he went away just to reflect on it a little bit and we have to take the best course of action for him and the club,” Solskjaer said (via The Guardian) after United‘s 2-1 victory over Derby on Sunday. “We’re still addressing that with the experts.”
United will be keen to figure out whether Rashford will need the surgery as such a procedure would lead to an extended period on the sidelines for the Englishman.
The initial report claimed that Rashford would need six weeks of rest at home and then another six weeks of training before he would be ready to return to competitive action.
With that timeline in mind, Rashford is facing the prospect of sitting on the sidelines until mid-October at the very earliest, which would see him miss United’s first eight Premier League games of the new season.
Solskjaer also spoke out in support of the 23-year-old following the abhorrent racist abuse which was directed his way following his missed penalty in the Euro 2020 final.
He was attacked on social media and saw his mural in Manchester defaced by graffiti, and that abuse continued into the weekend as a mural in Darlington supporting Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka was covered with the words ‘We do not stand with the 3 Black Lions’.
“It’s very disappointing and sad,” Solskjaer said. “They play football, they do the best for the club, do the best for their family, do their best for their country and are brave enough to step up and take penalties, that’s a win in itself.”