By Jamie Casey | | 4 mins
Rashford Injury Hits Latest Liverpool vs Manchester Utd Odds
Manchester United’s odds to beat Liverpool in the Premier League this Sunday are drifting amid uncertainty over Marcus Rashford’s availability.
United’s talisman was withdrawn through a back injury after coming on as a substitute in their 1-0 win over Wolves in the FA Cup on Wednesday and faces a last-minute fitness test ahead of their trip to Anfield.
EPL leaders Liverpool are unbeaten, winning 20 of their 21 games so far this campaign, but United are the only side to take points off Jurgen Klopp’s men with the two sides having drawn 1-1 at Old Trafford in October.
Nonetheless, sportsbooks aren’t giving United much of a chance of ending the Reds’ unbeaten run, with SugarHouse being the bravest bookmaker, offering a +750 price on an away win.
That price has drifted out from +700, the standard price across the board, with both FoxBet and Resorts having cut their price into that figure having previously been +750.
In the UK markets, BetVictor go even bigger, offering a mind-boggling +800 (8/1) on a Manchester United win, a rare sight for Premier League bettors.
Who Could Replace Rashford?
With Rashford a doubt, 18-year-old Mason Greenwood could be thrust into the spotlight and the teenager is +275 to score should he get his big chance.
Unsurprisingly, runaway leaders Liverpool are heavily odds-on for victory, with the best price available on a home win available with BetMGM at -250.
Ahead of the showdown, we spoke to former Manchester United defender Paul Parker to get his take on how much of a miss Rashford – who has three goals in six EPL appearances against Liverpool – could be for United.
“He tends to excel for United every time they play one of the big boys and is generally their best player in those games because he rises to the occasion,” Parker told Bookies.com.
“We’ve come to expect that of him, to show his best in the games that really matter to Manchester United.
“His fitness is important for the Liverpool game, but what’s more important is that when he does come back – whether this weekend or not – he doesn’t suffer that same injury again and that when he does get injured again, it has nothing to do with what happened against Wolves.
“That’s the issue, because if he tries to play at Anfield and he comes off after 10-15 minutes that will put him out of other games as well. If he has to miss this one game so he can be fully fit for the rest of the season, then so be it.”
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Solskjaer Vulnerable To Criticism
Indeed, given the nature of Rashford’s injury – a back complaint he had reportedly been nursing before kick-off and then tried to shrug off after initially going down under a challenge – Parker admits United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left himself open to criticism for allowing the England international to continue playing when not fully fit.
“When Rashford first felt that injury and was allowed to go back on, I was surprised at that,” said Parker.
“It seemed to me as though he had an issue with his back, something you can’t really diagnose at that moment in time, to throw him back out there without knowing the severity of it didn’t make any sense.
“When he sat back down again, we knew there was a real problem, and I said to the people I was sat watching with that Ole has put himself in a position whereby people are going to question his judgement again.”
As for the game itself, with or without Rashford, Parker is optimistic his old side can get a result, pointing out that the bookmakers got the result wrong the last time the sides met too.
He said: “The odds on Manchester United to win against Liverpool at Old Trafford were big too if I remember correctly, and they ended up 1-1. Anything is possible with Manchester United.”