​​Manchester United have been accused of failing to protect striker, Marcus Rashford following his back injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season, with the ​Telegraph reporting that the England international's back was giving him so much pain leading upto his substitute appearance against ​Wolves last week.

The 22-year-old had filmed an interview with United legend, Ryan Giggs following their 4-0 win over Norwich City and it is understood that the pain in his back was so acute that he was forced to stand for long periods of time.

Despite concerns over his back, United manager - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to bring on the striker as a second half substitute during their FA Cup third round replay at home to Wolves, which saw him ultimately being taken off after injuring his back following a collission with Matt Doherty.

Rashford was reportedly warned by former Red Devil, Robin van Persie who himself suffered from stress fractures in the back during his career on the long-term implications of playing with pain, while former ​Tottenham star, Jamie O’Hara, too believes that the club should should have taken better care of their star player.

“I can’t believe that the medical team at Man United have allowed him [Rashford] to carry on playing once … they must have known he had a stress fracture," he said when asked about the injury.

“They must have been worried about his back, he’s gone for an X-ray... There needs to be a time when there is protection for a player who is at Manchester United, a massive player, a young kid, where the medical team go, ‘You need to step out because this is only going to get worse’.

“Now United have lost him at the most crucial period of the season and potentially England have lost him. I’m gobsmacked they’ve allowed him to continue playing at that age.”