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Rashford set for crunch talks with Manchester United over shoulder surgery

Published on: 27 July 2021

Marcus Rashford will hold talks with Manchester United on Tuesday before deciding whether to go ahead with shoulder surgery that will keep him out of action for up to three months.

Rashford is strongly in favour of having the operation after struggling since November with a muscle tear in his left shoulder.

United were hoping a three-week break after Euro 2020 would ease the problem and the England striker might avoid surgery that would rule him out until October.

But it is understood Rashford has returned from a holiday with United's new £73million signing Jadon Sancho and friends in the Turks and Caicos Islands feeling that an operation is still the best course of action.

The 23-year-old is not due to report for pre-season training until Sunday but will meet with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Carrington on Tuesday afternoon to make a final decision.

Speaking about the situation earlier this month, Solskjaer said: 'We're looking at the best options. He went away just to reflect on it a bit. We have to take the best course of action for him and the club. We're still addressing that with the experts.'

Rashford had a scan on the shoulder in Liverpool a fortnight ago which revealed that the muscle tear is unlikely to get any worse.

However, he wants the problem cured once and for all after requiring painkilling injections to play last season.

He is determined to recover peak fitness for United and also for England ahead of next year's World Cup, having spent only 84 minutes on the pitch as Gareth Southgate's side reached the final of Euro 2020.

If he goes ahead with surgery, Rashford could miss England's next five World Cup qualifiers as well as United's first 11 games of the new season.

Meanwhile, United have a agreed a fee of £34m plus add-ons to sign centre back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

The France international, 28, agreed personal terms over the weekend and is expected to complete his move in the next few days after a decade at Real.

United are also interested in Atletico Madrid duo Saul Niguez and Kieran Trippier. It is understood United want Niguez as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba, who is in the final year of his contract and is a target for Paris Saint-Germain.

Atletico are keen to get Niguez off their wage bill and could accept an offer of £45m for the 26-year-old.

Trippier wants to return to the Premier League but Atletico would have to reduce their £34m asking price as United's transfer budget would be stretched to the limit.


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