Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has included Marcus Rashford in his Manchester United starting lineup for the Europa League quarter-final first-leg away to Granada.
Solskjaer has fielded a strong starting side as he attempts to win his first trophy as United manager.
David de Gea returns and looks likely to be the goalkeeper for the remainder of the Europa League campaign, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire are preferred over rotation options like Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams.
The United boss has clearly placed importance on securing a good first-leg scoreline to take to Old Trafford next week, and that is best highlighted by his use of Rashford.
Rashford is joined in an attacking trident by Mason Greenwood and Daniel James against the La Liga side, with Edinson Cavani and Amad both on the bench.
But the England international’s inclusion once again amid fitness worries has caused a level of concern on social media.
Rashford pulled out of the recent March international World Cup qualifiers and was taken off in the Premier League victory over Brighton with a knock.
Solskjaer has repeatedly stressed that he wouldn’t risk one of his key stars if they aren’t ready to play, but plenty of supporters will be hoping he can come through unscathed this evening as we enter the defining period of the season.
Man Utd XI to face Granada: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, James, Rashford, Greenwood.
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 8, 2021
Rashford is so overplayed and i feel bad for VDB now
— Get noob 🇦🇪 (@getnoobmufc) April 8, 2021
Really don’t get why Rashford is playing….. still looks injured and looks knackered.
— Berba (@berbasaunt10) April 8, 2021
I really don't get why Rashford is starting tonight. His career is going to be over by 26/27 at this rate
— SA (@19SA99) April 8, 2021
Rashford should have been rested btw.
— 🔴 (@MG_11__) April 8, 2021
My only complain is when is my Boy Rashford gonna rest 😂 https://t.co/PikmHRNpGp
— EMINEM's Ghostwriter (@datbastardWeezy) April 8, 2021
Important to note we don’t have to like every decision a manager makes. An observation doesn’t mean you think a manager is doing a bad job, just that – as a supporter – you might just view it little differently. Imo there’s been missed opportunities to rest Rashford this season.
— Annemarie Dray (@Anna__Dray) April 8, 2021