On MUTV, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has nearly a full squad to choose from ahead of Manchester United’s first Premier League match in over three months, against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night.

The manager said his squad is in good health, indicating that after surmounting long-term injury issues, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are in line for selection.

Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are nevertheless likely to miss the game. The two did not make it through the Reds’ mini ‘pre-season’ until the 2019/20 season resumed after a coronavirus-induced disruption. Pogba, who hasn’t been featured for the Reds since December 2019, has taken a full part in training, as did Rashford, whose season looked to be under pressure when he left the pitch with a significant back injury during an FA Cup rematch with Wolves in January.

As midfielder Scott McTominay had done previously, before the lockout, Eric Bailly had made a promising return to the first-team action.

United’s most recent Premier League starting XI (on 8 March against Manchester City) was: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wiliams; Fred, Matic, Fernandes; James, Martial.


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