Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms Marcus Rashford is ‘very happy’ with his shoulder surgery and reveals the Manchester United forward is already ‘working in the gym’ as part of his recovery ahead of autumn return
- Marcus Rashford is currently recovering from surgery on his left shoulder
- The Manchester United star has been struggling with the issue since November
- It was decided in July he would go under the knife after playing with painkillers
- Rashford is already back doing gym work ahead of his return this autumn
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Marcus Rashford is delighted with his shoulder surgery as he continues his rehabilitation from the injury setback.
It was decided over the summer that the Manchester United forward would undergo the procedure after struggling with the shoulder issue towards during most of last season and during the summer’s European Championships with England.
Rashford, 23, tore a muscle in his shoulder last November but only underwent the surgery on August 6 of this year after requiring painkilling injections in order to play during that period.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) says Marcus Rashford (left) is delighted with his shoulder surgery
It was decided in July that Rashford would have surgery after picking up an issue in November
The forward is optimistic of getting back onto the pitch by October, with Solskjaer claiming he is already doing gym work to stay fit during his rehabilitation.
Speaking about Rashford, Solskjaer told a press conference this week: ‘He seemed very happy with the surgery. He’s working in the gym, we see him every day, so he’ll be chomping at the bit when it gets nearer to the time when he can come back.
‘Of course, any time you’re off with an injury is a hard time but it’s also time to reflect and find yourself again. That’s what we hope is going to happen to Marcus.’
Rashford confirmed that ‘everything went well’ following his shoulder surgery on August 6
Rashford posted an image of him earlier this month after the procedure was completed, though did complain in the caption that he was feeling some soreness.
The England international wrote: ‘Thank you for all the well wishes. I had my surgery on Friday morning and everything went very well.
‘A little sore but other than that I’m feeling good. Hope you’re all having a great day!’
Solskjaer, meanwhile, has backed Rashford and his United and England team-mate Jadon Sancho to bounce back from the criticism the pair sustained after the Euro 2020 final loss to Italy in the same way David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo overcame their international critics at United.
Solskjaer has backed Rashford (right) and Jadon Sancho to beat the boo-boys after Euro 2020
Rashford and Sancho missed crucial penalties in the penalty shootout defeat last month, along with Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka, with all three England players receiving racist abuse which the world of football condemned that evening.
Former United star Beckham faced terrible abuse at Premier League grounds after he was sent off for England at the 1998 World Cup, while Ronaldo received similar treatment for his role in Wayne Rooney’s red card against Portugal eight years later.
Sancho and Rashford were the subject of chants from Leeds fans on the opening weekend of the Premier League, where the Whites supporters claimed the pair ‘let their country down’.
And Solskjaer is backing Rashford and Sancho to beat the boo-boys just like their predecessors did after they were abused on their return to club football after major international tournaments.
Sancho was mocked for his Euro 2020 penalty shootout miss in the first weeks of the season
Ex-United star David Beckham suffered abuse in England after his 1998 World Cup dismissal
‘With regards to how we handle it, no problem. Jadon and Marcus are both strong characters,’ said Solskjaer.
‘We know as a club that sometimes you have to be strong. The way the manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) dealt with the Becks situation was the right prototype. We will protect him, I’ll protect him. That’s absolutely no issue.
‘When you go away, say with Cristiano and Becks, it’s not just because you’ve done something wrong, it’s also because they are afraid of you. Becks dealt with it in his own way: “I’ll show you, I’ll prove how good I am”.
‘They are the traits of a Man United player and person, to go through difficult times still knowing you’ve got your team-mates and they have your back.’