Rashford fitness issues a ‘concern’ to Manchester United – report

Date published: Wednesday 2nd November 2016 9:06

Marcus Rashford: Still growing

Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford is apparently struggling with cramps and growing pains amid reports of fatigue.

The 19-year-old will fly out to Turkey ahead of the Red Devils’ Europa League clash against Fenerbahce on Thursday night, despite questions surrounding his fitness.

A report in The Sun claims that Rashford has to be substituted around 80 minutes or risk cramping up due to growing pains.

Rashford – who has been used as a winger recently – was taken off in three of his last four matches due to concerns over his fitness.

Jose Mourinho is aware of the issue, and does not want to put too many demands on the striker at such an early stage of his career.

The report goes on to state that United feel the striker, who burst onto the scene in February, is ‘hitting a wall around 80 minutes’.

This comes after Mourinho admitted last month it would make “no sense” for Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to play for England Under-21s at next summer’s European Championships.

Asked his club’s position was on the matter, Mourinho said of the 18-year-old, who has made five senior England appearances – four as a substitute – and one for the Under-21s: “If the player becomes a regular in the ‘A’ national team and established, then to say ‘it is important for his development, the Under-21s’ makes no sense.

“It’s the same that he’s a regular here with us, and then we are going to play him in the Under-23 Championship because we want to beat somebody and he can give us a help in that.

“Let’s see what happens. If he becomes a regular choice for (England interim boss) Gareth Southgate in the first team, then we have to speak because we don’t want to go into contradictions.”

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