Ole hopes Rashford’s ‘unbelievable’ form continues, confirms Pogba is still out

first_img Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… AFP or licensors 2 Solskjaer got the best of Jose Mourinho earlier this week – but he faces another huge test against Man City on Saturday Paul Pogba will miss Saturday’s Manchester derby through his long-standing injury, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping Marcus Rashford will fire Manchester United to victory.Rashford is enjoying a remarkable run of form right now, netting 12 goals in his past 13 matches for club and country – with his double on Wednesday downing Spurs on Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford. Millwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2center_img It was Rashford’s 15th goal against one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ since his debut in 2016, and all eyes will be on the 22-year-old on Saturday when the Red Devils come up against another top six side.The Manchester derby pits United against their local rivals Man City, who are hoping to close the gap on league leaders Liverpool, and Rashford will need to be at his best if Solskjaer’s struggling side are to have any chance of winning.One of Rashford’s key issues is that he goes through fits and spurts of brilliant and poor form, but Solskjaer has downplayed fears over the youngster’s consistency.“He is [scoring regularly] at the moment,” said Solskjaer, “and how he didn’t get the goal against Aston Villa is beyond me.“He’s consistently now scoring, with 10 in the last 11 or whatever, but it’s not like four in one and two or three [games] without. It’s not just in spurts.“He’s consistently getting chances and into better positions, and on Wednesday night he was unbelievable. We hope to see that again.”Listen to full EXCLUSIVE commentary of the Manchester derby LIVE on talkSPORT United’s hopes are pinned on Rashford as another one of the club’s key players, Paul Pogba, remains sidelined with an injury that has forced him to miss the majority of the season so far.“Paul won’t be [fit], no,” added Solskjaer. “[He will be back] as soon as possible, as quickly as possible.“He’s out on the grass training. I said in 2019 so hopefully we’ll see him before the New Year definitely.”Solskjaer also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…Latest injury news“We hope to have Anthony [Martial] for part of the game, but not sure if he’s able to start.”On playing vs Man City so soon after Tottenham match“Confidence is a strange thing in football. You can get performances and results like Wednesday night and it boosts it so much, and I know our boys will be up for it.“Energy-wise we should be fine; 24 hours less recovery time shouldn’t matter as they’ll go on adrenaline.“Yesterday was a recovery day, they were tired. Today is another preparation day, but we still haven’t had that session.“I expect them to have had a good night’s sleep and the smiles are back on faces.”On the challenge of Man City“We’re going away against arguably the best team in England. It’s a difficult game but we need consistency.“It was doom and gloom but it’s a chance to turn that doubt into belief, and, for us, if we can manage to get another performance, like the way we played against Tottenham, if we can do that at the Etihad we can come out of it with a result.“People say, ‘why do you not have better results in other games?’, but the Premier League is hard, no matter who you play.” LIVE on talkSPORT On racism in Italy after Corriere dello Sport cover features Chris Smalling and ‘Black Friday’ headline“When you see that paper you say, ‘wow, is that really possible?’ It’s the worst front page I’ve ever seen.“We’ve been in touch with Chris just so he knows we’ll back him, and Romelu [Lukaku] as well.“I don’t work in your line of business but wow, it’s incredible! At least we don’t see that here, and it has to be stamped out.”On Smalling’s loan at Roma“We know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways, but Chris is the type to relish these challenges.“He is cultured and enjoys life down there. It’s a new experience for him. He’s a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular, and I’m so happy for him because we can see the top player he is.“Yeah [he will return to Man United].”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Man City vs Manchester United at 5:30pmlast_img read more