Manchester United welcome West Brom to Old Trafford tonight (8pm kick-off) and go in search of their first home victory in the Premier League this season – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a few absences to contend with, though Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial should all play.
The Red Devils head into the weekend sat in 14th with just 10 points from seven games having only picked up one point from an available 12 on home soil.
United are said to be optimistic that England international Rashford is passed fit to feature against Slaven Bilic’s Baggies.
The forward picked up a problem in the win over Everton before the international break and didn’t report for Three Lions duty as a result.
Victor Lindelof is also battling to play as he continues to fight a back problem which forced him off soon after the hour mark in Sweden’s loss to France this week.
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Solskjaer said of the pair in his pre-match press conference on Friday: “Rashford and Lindelof? Possibles, but some of them are probably some doubts.
“Marcus joined in for the first time today, hopefully there’s no reaction, I’m not sure.”
The Norwegian coach has however ruled out centre-backs Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo from facing West Brom.
He added: “Bailly, that was his first day today, so no. Him and Marcos Rojo joined for the first time in a month, at least.
“So they’re not ready. Victor, we’ll have to check tomorrow because his back is not great.”
Solskjaer’s comments indicate Lindelof could sit on the bench while reports earlier this week claimed United were sweating on the fitness of captain Maguire.
The England centre-back suffered bruising to his foot in his country’s win over Iceland on Wednesday and did not report to Carrington the following day.
United boss Solskjaer did not specifically name drop Maguire and it appears the skipper should be involved, with Axel Tuanzebe perhaps partnering him.
He added: “Some of them had recovery after the international on Wednesday and travelled and are working back after injury and fitness and we’ll make a decision tonight but most of them have joined in today and some joined in yesterday, so looking good.”
The Red Devils will be without Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones, none of whom were in training on Friday due to injuries.
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Shaw sustained a hamstring injury at Everton and faces a month on the sidelines with Alex Telles likely to replace him. The Brazilian is available despite a coronavirus scare over the break.
Mason Greenwood is also in contention to feature after Solskjaer requested England, and the England under-21s, refrain from selecting him during the break.
“Mason is fitter,” the manager continued. “He had eight or nine days away from us which is long time. He’s been training hard this week in the gym and on the grass. He’ll be back soon.”
It remains to be seen whether Martial is fit enough to start with doubts regarding the Frenchman’s fitness due to a back injury but that Solskjaer did not specifically mention him in his press conference can be construed as a positive.
If he does not start, having trained alone for France earlier this week, Edinson Cavani could make his first start for United.
Full Man Utd squad for Solskjaer to pick from for West Brom clash
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Nathan Bishop
Defenders: Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Alex Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams, Teden Mengi
Midfielders: Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Fred, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata
Forwards: Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Facundo Pellistri, Odion Ighalo
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