Here is you Manchester United morning digest for Saturday, January 30.
Solskjaer hits out at online abusers
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at the trolls who racially abused Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe.
Tuanzebe and Martial were subjected to racial abuse by some users on Instagram following United’s 2-1 Premier League home defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday night. Martial’s wife, Melanie, also received racial abuse and death threats.
Solskjaer said the Premier League should continue its anti-racism campaign and expressed his ‘disgust’ at the vile abuse Tuanzebe and Martial endured.
“It’s just incredible we have these scenes still, this abuse in 2021,” Solskjaer despaired.
“We’ve been campaigning for a long time now with the Premier League and I think it’s working, but there are still some people that haven’t got it, hide behind social media, be anonymous and it’s unacceptable and it’s disgusting.
“The players and everyone, we’ve spoken to each other and they’re fine, to put it that way. They’re not Man United fans – in my head, anyway – when this happens. We’re all standing behind every single one of our players.
“Axel is fine, I’ve spoken to him. And, of course, it’s not nice but he’s a strong boy, a strong character, he’s got good support from his family, and we’re his family in the club and his teammates are his family.
“It’s not something you expect to see now but you’re not surprised when you see it once in a while when it happens. There are some people you feel sorry for, that’s what you have to do with these individuals.
“I think the social media platforms need to be looked at, yeah. If you can create an anonymous account and you can abuse people, of course it’s not right. We’ll work together with everyone to stop this nonsense.”
United trio set to depart
Solskjaer has confirmed that Marcos Rojo is set to leave Manchester United before Monday’s deadline.
Rojo has not featured for United this season, with his last appearance coming in November 2019, and looks set to complete a move to Argentinian side Boca Juniors, if reports are to be believed.
“Likely that Marcos goes back to Argentina, a little bit of paperwork left to be done, I think. Sergio, I’ve not heard anything there apart from that he’ll be with us for the rest of his contract.”
Jesse Lingard is also on the verge of completing a loan move to West Ham, while Sergio Romero will be released from his contract in June.
“We want Jesse to come back here revitalised and having shown at West Ham how good a player he is.
“Of course, he’s just been unfortunate with a couple of issues, some periods he had to stay away from us with COVID and isolation and close contact.
“The rest of the team has done well, we’ve had little to no injuries and he’s not forced his way into the team, unfortunately.
“I just want him to go there and enjoy himself, show how good a player he is, and come back and show he’s a Man United player through and thorough.”
Bailly injury update
Eric Bailly is fit for Manchester United’s Premier League fixture at Arsenal, Solskjaer has confirmed.
Bailly missed the midweek defeat to Sheffield United due to a knock but will travel with the rest of the squad to London this weekend.
“He’s travelling to Arsenal, yeah,” said Solskjaer. “Apart from that, we didn’t get any other losses from Sheffield United and the players are all fit and raring to go.”
With Bailly back, United have a fully fit Premier League squad to choose from this weekend as Phil Jones was omitted from the squad at the start of the season. Jones, 29 next month, has been out injured since June.