Marcus Rashford might be giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new Manchester United problem
Marcus Rashford is playing through the pain barrier at Euro 2020 and it could have a knock-on effect for Manchester United
Marcus Rashford might undergo surgery after Euro 2020 for an injury niggle which caused him some discomfort last season.
The England international has featured in every game for the Three Lions at the Euros so far, after missing just four games out of Manchester United 's 61 fixtures last season, amassing over 4,000 minutes of action across the campaign.
And the 23-year-old has looked sluggish in his cameos for England at the tournament.
Rashford is clearly jaded after a jam-packed and emotionally draining season which saw United fall at the final hurdle in the Europa League final, and finish second in the Premier League.
For England his three cameos have been sub-par compared to the high levels he has set for himself over the last few seasons. It is clear Rashford is pushing his body to the limit and, while his attitude is admirable, it should be a major concern for United fans.
Should England advance to the final stages of the competition, there is a chance the United ace could miss the start of the season if he undergoes surgery after the tournament ends.
For example, if England were to qualify for the final Rashford would only have 34 days to get himself fit for the new season.
Rashford, who has notoriously struggled with long-term problems with his foot and shoulder, is long overdue a much needed rest. He's admitted he might need an operation on his problematic shoulder, which would sideline him for a good few weeks.
But while a lay-off wouldn't actually be the worst thing for the 23-year-old's long term future, not having him available for the start of the new campaign would be a major loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Last season much was made of the brilliant contribution of Bruno Fernandes, but Rashford was key cog in the team too. His 21 goals and 15 assists are proof of exactly that and Solskjaer relies upon the Wythenhsawe-born winger as a leader in his squad.
And while United may be able to amble by in the months of August and September, they will be keeping their fingers crossed that the Three Lions star is fit and ready for a crucial October month where they will enter the Champions League group stage and take on Everton, Leicester, Tottenham and Liverpool in a decisive Premier League month.