OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER insists Marcus Rashford has a "new injury" - despite the striker having treatment on his back for years.
He had to be replaced during United's 1-0 FA Cup replay win against Wolves last Wednesday, and missed the 2-0 loss to Liverpool at the weekend.
SunSport reported before the Norwich game on January 11 how Rashford was spotted carrying a bone-healing device.
And in August the 22-year-old revealed to The Times that he has been using a Melmak ultrasound machine for years for "problems in his back".
But it is something he is desperate for to continue, insisting the amount of games he plays doesn't matter as long as he is "in the right frame of mind".
The England international has played more club games since his debut on February 25, 2016, than any other Premier League player.
And now with this latest injury setback, the toil of turning out game-on-game for his boyhood heroes could be showing.
But Solskjaer insists the injury is something "new".
Speaking ahead of United's home game against Burnley on Wednesday, the boss said: "He's not had that injury before, no.
"He complained a little bit after Burnley, [in December] he felt it the first time, and we managed him as well as we could.
"Then, he had some days off for treatment, taken off in games and suddenly this was a new injury.
"He didn't have any injuries before then."
The setback will only increase calls for United to make some serious moves in the transfer market this month.
And Solskjaer admitted that he is "always looking at improving the squad and seeing what's out there".
When he feels ready and medically cleared he'll be backSolskjaer on Rashford
Bruno Fernandes is the name constantly linked with making a switch to Old Trafford, and while he would provide goals and creativity from midfield, a Rashford replacement seems more essential.
Solskajer added: "He [Rashford] will be out for a while. He'll get the time he needs to recover
"Marcus is good, he's a positive guy and he knows this is not what he wanted but he's always positive.
"He wants to get back as quickly and safely as possible and we'll give him that time.
"When he feels ready and medically cleared he'll be back."
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