Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has been "encouraged" by the results of scans to Marcus Rashford's injured back.
The England frontman last played for the Red Devils mid-January when, during an FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers, he was taken off.
It was later revealed that he had been battling with the problem for a number of weeks and had been using a bone fracture healing device.
The injury has meant Rashford has since missed six Premier League matches and there have been worries he could miss the remainder of the season.
However in a press conference ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup tie with Derby County, Solskjaer provided a positive update regarding the injured player.
“As [with] any player, he wants to be fit as quickly as possible and play as soon as possible,” the Red Devils boss told MUTV.
“If that means playing in April, if he’ll be fit for us towards the end of the season, fantastic. If it takes longer, it takes longer.
“We just have to be sensible with it because we’re going to have Marcus playing here for many, many years.”
Solskjaer continued: “The scans were encouraging. He’s now working in the gym and in the pool, and he’s moving around better. He’s in and around the place. It’s like how long is a piece of rope? It’s difficult.”
The Norwegian manager also confirmed both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are unlikely to feature in the clash.
Paul Pogba remains out but is expected to return to first-team training next week.
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