Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is likely to be "out for a while" with a groin injury sustained during the defeat to West Ham, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

England international Rashford limped off in the 61st minute of United's 2-0 loss, with Solskjaer forced to play midfielder Jesse Lingard in attack as he was without Anthony Martial (thigh) and Mason Greenwood (tonsillitis).

Solskjaer confirmed Rashford will have a scan on Monday and he will be hoping for good news given the dearth of attacking options at his disposal following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter.

"He felt his groin," Solskjaer told MUTV.

"We'll do a scan tomorrow to see how badly he's injured. I don't know how long he'll be out, I'm not a doctor. But he'll probably be out for a little while."

United face Rochdale in the EFL Cup on Wednesday then have three games in seven days against Arsenal, AZ and Newcastle United.

Solskjaer added: "Hopefully Mason and Anthony will be back for the Arsenal game and at least one of them for Rochdale."

The defeat at West Ham left Solskjaer's side with just eight points from six Premier League games.

Jose Mourinho blasted Manchester United's performance in their 2-0 defeat at West Ham and said he sees no improvement in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side since last season.

Goals in either half from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell condemned United to their second Premier League defeat in six matches and it was the lacklustre performance at London Stadium that drew criticism from Mourinho.

While admitting that the side he managed in the early part of 2018-19 before Solskjaer replaced him were "bad", Mourinho said they looked no better than the one that recorded a disappointing sixth-place Premier League finish last team, despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James all arriving at Old Trafford in the close season.

Asked on Sky Sports whether he could find any positives in United's performance, Mourinho said: "No… I can't find.

"We were bad last season but I don't see any improvement this season, even with three new players – and I have to say players with a positive impact. I like these three and I think they are bringing some good quality to the team.

"But the team as a team, I don't like at all. I am not surprised by the result and I don't think Ole can take any positives from the game."

Former United midfielder Roy Keane weighed in with similarly damning comments, pointing to a lack of leadership as one of United's problems.

Solskjaer ended the game with Jesse Lingard as a lone striker after Marcus Rashford went off with a groin problem and, with the club facing something of an injury crisis, Keane underlined the scale of the challenge ahead for the manager.

"I don't know where to start," said Keane. "I knew they weren't in a great place but I'm shocked and saddened by how bad they were today.

"I know you can lose a game of football but everything about United [was] lacklustre, low quality, a lack of desire, lack of leaders, lack of characters.

"It's a long way back for United. It's scary how far they've fallen."

He might have signed a lucrative new contract with Manchester United this week, but David de Gea's difficulties from free-kicks continued in Manchester United's sorry 2-0 defeat to West Ham on Sunday.

The Hammers were already a goal to the good when Aaron Cresswell stepped up to take a 20-yard free-kick six minutes from time.

The Spain international got a hand to the left-back's effort but was unable to keep it out, meaning he has conceded 12 goals from direct free-kicks since the start of the 2011-12 Premier League season – more than any other goalkeeper in the division.

Former United defender Gary Neville was less than impressed with De Gea's attempted save, describing him as having a "poppadom hand" during his co-commentary on Sky Sports.

Speaking in the Sky Sports studio before the game, former United boss Jose Mourinho described De Gea as "lucky" to have been given a new four-year deal by the Red Devils.

He said: "I think the moment he signed his huge contract is a moment that I don't think Manchester United need to pay as much as they have.

"One or two years ago the world was after him. At the moment, the majority of the big doors are closed. Real Madrid are closed. Barcelona are closed. Paris Saint-Germain are closed.

"I don't think United were under pressure because David was going to disappear. So, he gets a phenomenal contract in a moment when he’s a bit lucky to get it."

After the match, Mourinho suggested De Gea's approach to organising his defensive walls and where he places players within them might be a factor in his free-kick woes.

"I think, from a left-footed player [such as Cresswell], the two least important players in the wall are the first and the fourth," he said.

"The first, where Ashley Young is, because if the ball goes over him with the left foot the ball goes out. And the last one, the fourth, because if the ball goes over him it goes in the middle of the goal and you give a chance to the keeper.

"The two most important ones are where [Victor] Lindelof and [Scott] McTominay are. I don't think [Harry] Maguire should be the fourth man in the wall. He should be the second with McTominay and try to [block] it.

"I'm not saying they would do it because it's a very good shot from Cresswell."

Chelsea are seen as the new model for the benefits of youthful exuberance but it is Manchester United who have, on average, fielded the youngest starting XI in the Premier League this season.

It is United, too, who have not won a single competitive match away from home in over six months.

That despite a demand from David de Gea leading into an excursion south to right the wrongs of previous ventures outside Manchester and of last season's 3-1 loss at the London Stadium.

Instead, the venue became the scene of another miserable road defeat as West Ham earned a relatively routine 2-0 victory over the Red Devils on Sunday.

De Gea, newly committed to a four-year contract, implored his team-mates to be "much more switched on" than they were in the September 2018 defeat,  which condemned the club to its worst league start in 29 years.

It was obvious the goalkeeper's words had not been heeded when Mark Noble was gifted a lifetime to find Felipe Anderson on the edge of the area moments before half-time.

The Brazilian in turn fed Andriy Yarmolenko and his intelligent finish dashed United's chances of recording what they hoped would be a first clean sheet in 11 games in all competitions.

Hope, more than anything, appeared to be United's recipe for success.

Solskjaer's men mustered a paltry two shots in a sleep-inducing first half, equal to the number they managed in a 1-1 draw at Wolves last month.

Attacking options might be sparse - this is, of course, a team that happily parted with Romelu Lukaku - but an adventurous spirit in challenging environments is not purely the domain of Manchester City or Liverpool.

Indeed, Chelsea have won admirers this term as much for the three goals netted at Carrow Road and five at Molineux as the ages of the players doing the scoring.

Youth is supposed to bring a sense of free-wheeling fun to proceedings but all it has done for United is expose a set of directionless players to repeated Roy Keane reprimands.

The former captain's criticism arrived as to be expected after the final whistle, De Gea having not long earlier failed to keep out an Aaron Cresswell free-kick, which compounded the loss of Marcus Rashford to injury.

It must surely be more empowering and emblematic of 'The United Way' for the club's emerging prospects to be educated first and foremost to attack the opposition as often as possible.

Yet whether in London or the Midlands or on the south coast, Solskjaer's side seem scared to indulge in risk.

Away days will continue to be their undoing for as long as less glamorous opponents are afforded the opportunity to settle in familiar surrounds, as West Ham did all too easily.

Manchester United's mini revival was ended by West Ham as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men had won back-to-back matches in all competitions heading into Sunday's Premier League clash but were beaten by goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell late in both halves.

Yarmolenko scored the breakthrough goal 44 minutes in and Cresswell converted a free-kick six minutes from time to kill off United, who ended the match without a recognised striker after losing Marcus Rashford to injury.

Victory for the visitors would have lifted them into third place but it is West Ham who leap up the table, Manuel Pellegrini's men moving into the top four thanks to their third win of the season.

The sides managed just six shots between them in the first half - only one Premier League game has seen fewer in the opening 45 minutes this season - but West Ham found a way through from one of them.

Felipe Anderson played a first-time pass into the path of Yarmolenko, who took a touch and rifled the ball into the bottom-left corner of David de Gea's goal.

United continued to look disjointed in the opening 15 minutes of the second half and were further blunted in attack when Rashford was forced off in the 61st minute.

The visitors did come close to a leveller with 68 minutes on the clock, though, Maguire seeing a low shot saved by Lukasz Fabianski after being teed up by Scott McTominay.

But they were punished for failing to take their only real opportunity of the match as Cresswell curled in a free-kick late on to seal the win.

What does it mean? Shot-shy United lacking options

Somewhat forced by injuries to key men, Solskjaer named an unchanged starting line-up in the Premier League for the second time this season - something United did not manage a single time in 2018-19.

Mason Greenwood, the match-winner against Astana, missed out through illness and Rashford's hamstring injury will cause further problems for Solskjaer.

For a side that has spent so heavily in recent years, they played the final half an hour of this match without a recognised striker on the field.

Felipe Anderson shows great awareness

Yarmolenko's movement, drifting from the right-hand side into the middle, caught out Maguire and United's other defenders.

Felipe Anderson's vision made the opening goal possible, the Brazil midfielder setting up his team-mate to make it nine goals and six assists since the start of last season.

Rotten day for Rashford

In the prolonged absence of Anthony Martial, it has been left to Rashford to lead the line for United. In a fixture in which he tends to perform well, Rashford struggled to get involved and hobbled off on the hour having touched the ball only 24 times.

What's next?

Both sides are in EFL Cup action on Wednesday, with United hosting Rochdale and West Ham travelling to Oxford United. 

Solskjaer's side then welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on September 30, while the Irons face Bournemouth on the south coast next Saturday.

Bukayo Saka has been handed a first Premier League start in Arsenal's Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.

The 18-year-old academy graduate scored his first goal for the club in Thursday's 3-0 Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt, where he also laid on the Gunners' other two goals

He is the only change from the side that threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Watford last weekend, with Mesut Ozil dropping to the substitutes' bench.

Villa, meanwhile, made just one alteration from the XI that drew 0-0 with West Ham on Monday, winger Trezeguet replacing Jota.

Marcus Rashford was forced out of Manchester United's clash with West Ham after he suffered an apparent hamstring injury that could leave manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a shortage of attacking options.

With Mason Greenwood sidelined by a bout of tonsilitis, Solskjaer sent Jesse Lingard on to replace Rashford in the 61st minute with the Red Devils trailing 1-0 at London Stadium.

Anthony Martial missed the game with a thigh injury, leaving Solskjaer with Lingard, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong as the only forward players among his substitutes, and he will anxiously await news of Rashford's condition.

Solskjaer will likely rest first-team regulars when United face Rochdale in the League Cup on Wednesday, after which they face a tricky run of fixtures with Premier League games against Arsenal and Newcastle United either side of a trip to AZ in the Europa League.

Bernardo Silva claimed his tweet to Manchester City team-mate Benjamin Mendy that prompted accusations of racism was "a joke" as he bemoaned the response it received on social media.

The Portugal international tweeted a photo of Mendy as a child alongside a dated image from Spanish confectionary 'Conguitos' that has been condemned for its racist connotations, with the caption: "Guess who?"

Mendy did not appear to take offence, replying with laughing emojis and a message saying: "1-0 for you will see", but responses from members of the public were quick to point out the racist implications of Bernardo Silva's post.

The tweet came less than 24 hours after Bernardo Silva scored a hat-trick in City's 8-0 victory over Watford, which saw Mendy make his first Premier League start since April.

Bernardo Silva deleted it before commenting: "Can't even joke with a friend these days…You guys…"

The controversy comes during a week that representatives from the Premier League, the EFL and the FA met with Twitter to discuss the racist abuse that players including Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Yakou Meite suffered in recent months.

Daniel James has been passed fit to start against West Ham in a boost to Manchester United's hopes of securing a first Premier League away win since February.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer included the in-form winger in his starting XI for Sunday's meeting at the London Stadium despite him suffering a knock during last weekend's 1-0 victory over Leicester City.

The 21-year-old's availability means United go in with the same team that saw off the Foxes courtesy of Marcus Rashford's early penalty.

James skipped the midweek Europa League win over Astana and will have an important part to play against the Hammers as manager Solskjaer seeks a more ruthless showing from the goal-shy Red Devils.

Mason Greenwood, scorer of the only goal against Astana, does not make the matchday 18 due to illness, while stars Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial remain unavailable.

West Ham are without injured midfielder Manuel Lanzini, with Pablo Fornals his replacement.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are "in good shape" but must still develop a killer instinct following a lean run in front of goal.

United travel to West Ham on Sunday in search of a third successive victory in all competitions.

Mason Greenwood's second-half effort saw off Astana in the Europa League on Thursday and added to last weekend's narrow Premier League win over Leicester City.

While secure at the back, Solskjaer's men have failed to score more than a solitary goal in any of their five games since the 4-0 opening-weekend triumph over Chelsea.

Starting striker Marcus Rashford netted twice in that match but has only added a single successful spot-kick to his tally ahead of the trip to the London Stadium.

"Winning gives confidence and clean sheets give the defenders confidence and we just need to be more clinical in front of goal," Solskjaer told his club's website.

"We're in good shape and we've prepared well for this game.

"We had one eye on Astana but the other eye was on West Ham so we should be ready for it."

West Ham were themselves held goalless in their last outing, a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa, but only after losing Arthur Masuaku to a red card in the 67th minute.

The hard-earned away result moved the Hammers level with United on eight points from five games.

"I think they're looking strong," Solskjaer said of Manuel Pellegrini's side.

"Of course they have some quality players and their centre-forward [Sebastian] Haller has come good for them.

"It's good to see [Andriy] Yarmolenko and [Manuel] Lanzini back fit because I know all about knee injuries.

"We played them [at Old Trafford] towards the end of last season and we were lucky to beat them, so we know it's going to be a tough game."

Fikayo Tomori has earned the trust of Frank Lampard by displaying a "brilliant" attitude, the Chelsea head coach said ahead of the young defender's toughest Premier League test to date.

Chelsea entertain the division's only unbeaten team on Sunday as Liverpool make the trip to Stamford Bridge in a repeat of last month's UEFA Super Cup, which the European champions won on penalties.

Tomori featured as a substitute on that occasion but is now set to earn a third successive top-flight start after moving quickly through the queue of centre-backs.

Lampard became convinced of the 21-year-old's readiness for the Premier League during their time together at Derby County and insisted he would have been part of the first-team plans at Chelsea even if David Luiz had not left for Arsenal.

"The real credit of Fikayo is the way that he has approached it all," Lampard told reporters.

"His mentality from when he came to Derby to today has been brilliant, from beginning to end. That is why he is improving.

"I just trust in him. I trust in him as a player, the way that he trains every day, it's the kind of thing I want to see daily and the way he plays.

"Of course he is a young player and like all young players there are moments where he can improve and that's something he constantly needs to work on.

"I trust in him, hence I wanted him as part of the squad. That wouldn't have mattered who might have gone or not. My idea when I came here was to keep Fik part of the squad anyway because I trust him to come and play here.

"Where better a place to play than the club he has come through at?"

Tomori marked his second Premier League start with a stunning long-range goal in last weekend's 5-2 triumph at Wolves.

Another academy product, Tammy Abraham, starred with a sparkling hat-trick, improving his goal haul to seven for the season.

The striker will hope to prove he can have the same impact against a genuine title contender, having failed to convert the final spot-kick of the shoot-out loss to Liverpool in Istanbul.

Lampard said: "It's normal that the top strikers are judged on goals and the next level of that is do you score goals against the big teams?

"I understand that because against someone like [Virgil] van Dijk, a defence like Liverpool's and a team like Liverpool, maybe it's harder to create chances. So what can you do individually to try and create them and how clinical can you be after that?

"Tammy has shown great signs this season but it will be another test on the way."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at the wheel but for how long?

After a blistering start to life at Manchester United, initially as interim manager, the Red Devils have struggled to convince.

United have won two of their opening five games ahead of Sunday's trip to West Ham and Paris could be the location of a possible replacement…

 

TOP STORY – UNITED AND BARCA BATTLE FOR TUCHEL

Manchester United have sounded out Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel, according to Le10 Sport.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed a permanent three-year deal after initially replacing Jose Mourinho in December, but the Red Devils have been far from convincing following a brief upturn in results.

United have reportedly informed Tuchel of their interest, though LaLiga champions Barcelona are also tracking the German as pressure mounts on Ernesto Valverde after Saturday's shock loss at Granada.

 

ROUND-UP

- According to the Sunday Express, Tottenham have identified Leicester City star James Maddison as a potential replacement for soon-to-be free agent Christian Eriksen. Maddison has also been heavily linked to Manchester United.

United, meanwhile, have been told it will take £90million (€101m) to lure Germany star Kai Havertz from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, claims the Express. The 20-year-old is also attracting interest from Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool. As for United and their hopes of signing RB Salzburg star Erling Haaland, they could be scuppered by agent Mino Raiola. The 19-year-old made headlines with a hat-trick on his Champions League debut. However, United's relationship with Raiola could thwart their plans, writes The Sun.

- The Mirror says Arsenal are keen to re-sign PSV's Donyell Malen, who left the Gunners two years ago. It could cost Arsenal up to £50m (€56m) to bring the 20-year-old back to London. Liverpool are also believed to be interested.

- Marca reports that Real Madrid are keen to sign Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga. The 16-year-old has dazzled in Ligue 1 this season.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said Nicolas Pepe still needs to adapt to the Premier League following a slow start to life in England.

Pepe joined Arsenal in a club-record £72million transfer from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in August and the Ivory Coast forward is yet to justify his price tag.

The 24-year-old has made five Premier League appearances, starting three without scoring a goal for Arsenal, who drew 2-2 at Watford last time out.

Preparing for Sunday's clash against Aston Villa, Emery said: "He needs to adapt.

"He is playing well but progressively we know there is going to be more from him to help us and I want him to take the last step quickly in adapting for us.

"We are working with him - after training we are watching individual videos with him.

"He is playing well but also we need in our organisation to be strong with every player to improve a lot."

Arsenal surrendered a two-goal lead in their Premier League draw way to Watford before responding with a 3-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Gunners are 10th in the Premier League, already seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

Emery, whose Arsenal finished fifth in his first season at the Emirates Stadium last term, added: "When we are winning, I stay calm, when we are losing, I stay calm.

"I want to win more than lose and really I want to be consistent in our way and in our steps ahead. We know each match is very important because we have a lot of supporters in London, England and also worldwide.

"We know our responsibility and we know we want to give them very good moments, we want to give them special moments and feel connected with us because it is not only how we can win, it is also how we can play and how we can give them our energy, our capacity, our skills and enjoy each match with us."

Arsenal also provided an update on injured forward Alexandre Lacazette, who is recovering from a left ankle problem and is likely to return in October, while Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney have stepped up their comebacks.

Jurgen Klopp dismissed Pep Guardiola's suggestion that Liverpool have already wrapped up the Premier League title.

Klopp's Liverpool have won their opening five matches to be two points clear of reigning champions Manchester City atop the table heading into Sunday's trip to Chelsea.

City manager Guardiola declared, "Congratulations Liverpool, you are the champions" following last week's shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City, which allowed the Reds to move five points clear prior to the titleholders' 8-0 humiliation of Watford on Saturday.

Liverpool boss Klopp – whose side finished just one point adrift of City last season – responded to Guardiola's comment and said: "It hasn't been won already.

"This season won't be like last season. We have seen that already, with every team making big steps.

"There is not [a] team in the league who I think will go down with hardly any points. You've got Watford who were at the bottom with two points but, ­performance-wise, they could ­already have had five, six or seven points.

"Wolves are also struggling a bit – but will end up going back up – so we have ­already seen that the league is different this season.

"I think that's why Pep ­responded like he did with a joke because ­nothing has happened so far.

"We've had just five games and so many things can still happen. You simply cannot think that far ahead.

"We have enough to do just ­thinking about the next game, then the next game and the next game."

While Liverpool agonisingly missed out on the Premier League title last term, the Reds have continued to establish themselves as one of Europe's elite under Klopp.

Liverpool won the 2018-19 Champions League trophy after defeating Tottenham in June – a particularly satisfying achievement for former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp, who had lost his previous six finals.

"It's nice for me to tick that box," Klopp told Sky Sports. "Some people said I was a nearly-man. I didn't feel like that - the finals I've reached shows something was okay - but it's nice. I don't have to worry about it anymore."

Paul Pogba will not be leaving Manchester United even if Real Madrid rekindle their interest when the transfer window reopens, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pogba was reportedly a top target for Madrid and their French coach Zinedine Zidane prior to the new campaign, but they failed to land the World Cup winner.

Madrid have since made a stumbling start to the new campaign, while president Florentino Perez has hinted they could return for Pogba in January.

The midfielder, who had a difficult relationship with Solskjaer's predecessor as United boss Jose Mourinho, is currently sidelined by injury.

But Solskjaer reiterated Pogba's commitment to Old Trafford, even though the 26-year-old said after the end of the 2018-19 season he wanted a new challenge.

Agent Mino Raiola then indicated he was working on engineering a transfer for Pogba, but Solskjaer is certain United will continue to hold their prized asset.

"I don't listen to the president of Real Madrid," Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to West Ham.

"But Paul is working hard here and he is totally committed to Manchester United. We have seen that while he's been injured. He has been working like crazy to get himself fit because he wants to play for us and he wants to help his team-mates.

"I am not worried now and I will never be worried in the future about Paul Pogba staying here. If it all kicks off again with Madrid in January then there will be no worries then either. If we have to live with the speculation again then we will handle it like we did in the summer.

"Paul is going nowhere. He is happy here when he's playing."

Pogba's mentality has occasionally been called into question since he returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016, but Solskjaer has no doubts the midfielder is a good fit for his team.

"You need a big personality to play for Man United,” said Solskjaer, according to British newspapers. "You need a certain kind of confidence and arrogance and you have to be self-assured enough to be yourself in both the good times and the bad times.

"Paul Pogba is all of those things. He is one of our big characters. Paul will walk out onto any pitch and be full of confidence – and that's what I look for and what I demand from all of our players.

"It's not misplaced arrogance with Paul. It's about believing in himself. It's about the respect he has for his team-mates and his opponents."

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