Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United Manager, has updated his recent United team news before their opening match for the new Premier League against Chelsea.
United will compete for the first three points on Sunday, with an Old Trafford encounter to savour in Frank Lampard’s first game in charge of the visitors, following his summer switch from Derby County.
The club has seen one of their strikers Romelu Lukaku departed for Inter Milan on the final day of transfer window but new signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James are all available to make their debuts.
Indeed, the boss has confirmed in United team news with MUTV that United latest signing, Maguire is set to start at the heart of the defence.
Mason Greenwood is a contender for a striking spot after his impressive pre-season campaign but Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah are both sidelined through injury.
Paul Pogba is fit to start, after nursing a back problem, while Alexis Sanchez may not be ready to feature this weekend, despite training well after sustaining an injury with Chile at the Copa America.
”Alexis has come in and trained well,“ said Solskjaer. ”Of course, he’s four or five weeks behind the boys and he’s not played apart from a one behind-closed-doors [friendly] here, so I think he’ll see this as an opportunity, as well, to make his mark.”
Speaking in an interview with MUTV, Ole said: ‘Harry has impressed me, very much so. He has come in as a presence. He is taller and bigger than I thought. He has come in as a real plus. He will have an impact on the rest of the boys.
”Yeah, Harry is ready to play. I am sure he will put himself up, when I ask him on Sunday morning, if he is available, because he has played many games for Leicester over the pre-season. He has trained well and he has looked sharp when he has been here.
”Paul joined in, actually, the day after [the AC Milan match]. I wasn’t going to risk him, travelling down with the flight, but he joined in the game against Blackburn the day after, behind closed doors here. He is available. All of the boys are fit, he said.
”It was always our aim to get to the starting line with as many players as fit as possible. Of course, Eric Baily’s injury is bad news but the rest of them are available.
”Lukaku’s exit is set to provide more opportunities for 17-year-old forward Greenwood, while goals are also expected to be supplied by the other forward players. “Of course, Rom [Lukaku] has a good record and good stats,“ added Ole.
”He’s one of the top number nines around, when you want to play with that kind of striker, and he’s that target man. For me, I’m very confident that we’ll get goals from [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford. Dan James will come in and create. I’m sure Jesse Lingard will get more [goals], so we do have a different attacking set-up this season.
”“You do have players that you think are going to make an impact and Mason Greenwood‘s pathway would have been a lot more difficult, of course, if we had another forward there. So, for me, I believe that Mason’s going to be playing and involved a lot, and, when he is, he’ll score goals.”