Manchester United issue worrying injury update in boost to Newcastle United & Liverpool

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Newcastle United, Manchester United and Liverpool are battling for Champions League qualification.

Manchester United were without top goalscorer Marcus Rashford for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag confirmed the 25-year-old was a doubt during Friday’s pre-match press conference after picking up a leg injury.

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His absence was confirmed versus Wolves when Man United’s starting XI was announced at 2pm, and ten Hag is unsure when Rasford will be back.

“I can’t tell in this moment and as I say, it’s not my focus point in this moment,” said the Dutchman. ”I hope [he will be back soon]. Of course. And he will do everything that can be done.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United walks off after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 30, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)Marcus Rashford of Manchester United walks off after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 30, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United walks off after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 30, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images) | Manchester United via Getty Imag

“The medical staff is working hard on it, but I am focused, and my team are focusing, on this game.”

Fifth place Liverpool are on the tails of both the Red Devils and Newcastle United in the race for Champions League qualification after putting together a six-game winning streak.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side, who face Leicester City on Monday night, are four points behind Man United Newcastle, though both the latter two teams hold a game in hand.

As it stands, Eddie Howe’s side require six points from their remaining three games to guarantee a top-four finish. United play back-to-back home games against Brighton and Leicester City this week before going to Chelsea on the final day of the season.

Speaking after yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Leeds United, Howe said: “Every time we play at home is an opportunity to win because of the conditions, the arena, the support, the confidence. We’ve done really well at home this season. We love to play there.

“We go into those two games with belief we can get the job done but it’s never that easy, and that showed today. Leeds, with a new manager and style of play that is very difficult to play against, and a crowd that were in the game made it a really tough match for us.”

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