Manchester vs Liverpool derby fast approaches
Marcus Rashford is reportedly willing to play through the pain barrier against Liverpool this weekend, while Harry Maguire is the new Man United captain.
This weekend, Liverpool will host Manchester United at Anfield in a game with potentially huge repercussions.
United could do their rivals Manchester City a big favour if they bag points vs Liverpool, with the Sky Blues still trying to chase them down in the title race.
Manchester United could also close the gap between themselves and the top four.
Meanwhile, a Liverpool win could see them extend their lead at the top even further, if Manchester City drop points against Crystal Palace.
There’s also the simple aspect of bragging rights among two huge fan bases.
With that in mind, Marcus Rashford does not want to miss the game, and will reportedly play through the pain barrier to make sure he’s available.
Rashford willing to play through the pain barrier
According to the Mirror, Rashford would be willing to ‘put his body on the line’ to play.
They claim: ‘Rashford is said to have responded well to initial treatment and is ready to put his body on the line and play on Sunday – even if he requires a pain-killing injection to do so.’
That could potentially worsen his injury if things don’t go to plan, but Rashford seemingly understands that risk.
The forward has been arguably Manchester United’s best player this season, scoring 14 goals in 22 Premier League games.
Should he miss the game, it would be a big blow to their chances of winning.
Maguire named permanent Manchester United captain
Meanwhile, Harry Maguire has been named the permanent Manchester United captain, with Ashley Young on the verge of a move to Inter Milan.
This comes just six months after Maguire signed from Leicester for a club-record fee.
Maguire has captained Manchester United 12 times already this season, with Young hardly featuring.
However, he’s now beaten David De Gea to claim the permanent captaincy.
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