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MARCUS RASHFORD has three goals and two assists for MANCHESTER UNITED this season.

It’s not the first time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been accused of playing an injured player while in charge of Manchester United. Marcus Rashford has previously stated that he played while injured on the orders of his boss. Anthony Martial has now followed suit…

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During his first two years as United manager, Solskjaer drew the best out of Rashford and Martial, with the pair particularly impressive in the 2019/2020 season.

However, it has now been shown that he used both players when injured during his rule.

Speaking on Saturday, Martial said that Solskjaer had pushed him to play, accusing the Norwegian of treason.

“People don’t realize it, but I couldn’t speed up for four months after the Covid season,” he explained.

“Because the coach says he needs me, I play.” But, given my game, if I can’t accelerate, it becomes quite complicated.

“And I caught fire.” The coach never informed the media.

“Obviously, I ended up becoming permanently hurt, and when I returned, finished, I didn’t play anymore.”

“I took it very personally; I felt injustice because you are supposed to give yourself to the team and then you are terminated.” It’s nearly betrayal in my opinion.”

Martial’s words may explain why the United star became so agitated after scoring 23 goals in all competitions during the Covid-affected season.

He scored just seven goals in the 2020/2021 season, with many speculating at the time that he was under pressure following the signing of Edinson Cavani.

And, like Rashford, Martial has said that Solskjaer forced him to play despite the pain.

Rashford started last year while recovering from shoulder surgery, that injury difficulties had been a secret stumbling block for him.

“My recuperation is – I wouldn’t say it’s finished because obviously I have to keep looking after it – but I’m in a much better physical and mental position,” he added.

“Last year was a long season for me; I got this injury at the end of September and it steadily became worse.”

“But now that I’m completely rid of it, I feel a lot better physically and mentally.”

Solskjaer was well aware that Martial and Rashford were crucial to the manner he wanted his United squad to play.

And it says a lot that the couple was willing to offer all for the squad, regardless of their physical levels.

United will be hoping that with Erik ten Hag in charge, Rashford and Martial can finally kick on and fulfill their promise after years of inconsistency.

So far, the indicators have been encouraging.

Martial has only made one Premier League appearance this season due to injury, but he scored four goals in pre-season and appears to be flourishing without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rashford has already scored three goals this season, falling just two short of the number he achieved under Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick last season.

Meanwhile, Martial took aim at Jose Mourinho for removing him from the No. 9 shirt in 2016.

Louis van Gaal had handed the France international the number 12 months before and he promptly lived up to it, scoring 17 goals across all competitions.

When asked about his tumultuous connection with the Portuguese, Martial remarked, “It started with the narrative of the jersey number.”

“During the holidays, he sends me a message asking if I want to switch to the No11 position, explaining that it is fantastic because it is that of the legend Ryan Giggs.”

“I tell him that I have the highest regard for Giggs, but I’d rather maintain the No. 9.”

“And when I return to the club, I see my jersey with the No 11 (the No 9 being taken by Ibrahimovic), the story did not go away good. He had no direct regard for me.”

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