Marcus Rashford is desperate to play against Premier League leaders Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Marcus Rashford is willing to take a pain-killing injection to start for Manchester United against Liverpool this weekend.

The 22-year-old forward has been struggling with back pain over the last week and was forced off during the side’s FA Cup third-round victory over Wolves on Wednesday night.

Rashford started on the bench despite being a doubt for the match, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took a risk as United were chasing a winner and brought him on in place of Mason Greenwood just past the hour-mark.

The England international attempted to continue following a challenge from Matt Doherty but it soon became clear that he had to be replaced.

According to The Daily Mirror, Rashford has responded well to treatment back at United’s training ground and has intimated to club staff that he’s prepared to play through the pain at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

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The young attacker, United’s top scorer this season with 19 goals in all competitions, is eager to take part even if he needs a pain-killing injection before kick-off.

Speaking after United’s win over Wolves, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hopeful that Rashford would return in time to face the Premier League leaders.

‘Yeah that [substitution] backfired but you’ve got to go for them once in a while,’ the Norwegian told BT Sport.

‘But it seems like he’s got a knock there and he couldn’t run. Let’s test him over the next couple of days. Hopefully he’ll be okay for Sunday, I don’t know.’

‘He’s struggled a little bit with a couple of knocks with his back lately and he got another one which didn’t help.’

At his post-match press conference, Solskjaer added: ‘I didn’t want to play him but I think he got a knee to his back but he’s been struggling for a little while and that’s why we kept him away today.

‘But we needed the win and he was involved in the goal so that was a positive. But it backfired.

‘All I can say is we’ll do anything we can to get him fit for Sunday.’

Rashford has scored 14 league goals for United this term (Picture: Getty)

Paul Scholes is confident Rashford will make a speedy recovery and predicts the striker will be ‘fine’ to face Liverpool.

‘It’s a big blow because he’s been far and away Manchester United’s best player and biggest goal threat for them,’ the former United midfielder said.

‘I think it’s something he picked it up in the Manchester City game when he got a bit of a knock on his back but he was excellent against Norwich.

‘This was an opportunity for him to have a break tonight.

‘Okay, it didn’t quite work out because he had to come on as United were struggling a little bit but hopefully I think he’ll be okay.

‘He walked off alright and maybe a bit of ice, a couple of days rest. He’ll be fine for Sunday.’

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