Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not hopeful of Marcus Rashford being fit for Sunday’s trip to Liverpool.
Rashford, Manchester United’s top scorer with 19 goals this season, suffered a back injury in a 1-0 FA Cup replay win over Wolves in midweek.
Although United will give Rashford every chance of being fit for the Anfield clash, boss Solskjaer did not sound hopeful of his star player recovering in time.
“I can’t tell you now,” said Solskjaer. “As I said with Harry Maguire a few weeks ago, of course we’re going to give him the absolute amount of time to find out.
“We’ll do some more checks and treatment with him today, as yesterday was a recovery day.
“I’m not going to hold my breath. I would probably think he wouldn’t be ready, but let’s see. We have 48 hours, so let’s see.”
Losing Rashford would be a big blow, and would leave Solskjaer with a decision over whether to bring in Mason Greenwood, or stiffen up midfield against a Reds side who have dropped only two points in 21 games so far.
Solskjaer admits: “The proof is in the league table, Liverpool have been best team in the league.”
Klopp’s side are 30 years without a league title, but the Norwegian has no fears that United – now six years without title glory – will suffer the same fate.
“That’s what we’re working hard to make sure doesn’t happen and let that be a lesson for us, and let that be a lesson to us.
“We can’t let ourselves go another 24 years without winning the league.
“I believe in this club, we will get there.”