Here are your Manchester United evening headlines for Friday, February 12.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Scott McTominay to hit double figures for goals this season.
The midfielder continued his purple patch with a winner against West Ham in the FA Cup on Tuesday, taking him to six goals in 14 appearances.
Solskjaer has now urged McTominay’s fellow midfielders to follow the Scottish international’s example.
“To add goals from midfield is vital, last season our three forwards were brilliant and scored goals, 60 odd, and Bruno came in and scored goals, but we needed more goals from midfield,” said Solskjaer.
“Scott has the ability to go box-to-box, he used to be a striker, for us to move up the league and to be successful in the cups we need our forwards to keep on firing and I wouldn’t mind some midfielders adding a few.
“If Scott can get to double figures that would be a very good season for a so-called defensive midfielder.”
After Shola Shoretire was promoted to the first-team bubble last week, 18-year-old Mejbri is set to follow.
Both will regularly train with the senior squad whilst still playing games for Neil Wood’s under-23 side. Mejbri has produced some standout performances for the club’s under-23s after his move from Monaco 18 months ago.
“The young kids, we’ve moved Shola up with us, Hannibal will join us and we’ll keep them with us for a while,” said Solskjaer. “It’s the next step in their development, we’ve got to take the hit that when they play for the reserves they have to travel by themselves. It’s a nice step for them, they’ve done really well.”
Bailly and Pogba injury update
Eric Bailly could be available for United’s game against West Brom on Sunday after returning to training.
The defender has been absent since late January due to an injury suffered in a minor car accident but he is now back in training.
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Manchester United beat West Ham 1-0 in the FA Cup, thanks to Scott McTominay’s extra-time winner.
United sealed a spot in the cup quarter-finals with victory over David Moyes’ side at Old Trafford, and now they travel to West Brom in the league on Sunday.
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United will be hoping the injury setback does not impact the momentum he had built up with a series of impressive performances from December into January.
The Reds will still be without Paul Pogba, however, due to a thigh injury he picked up in last weekend’s draw with Everton.
Solskjaer said: “We’ve had a rare opportunity to do a little bit of training and some recovery Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and not a game until Sunday which is a rarity for us. Paul is still out, Eric has been training, that’s a boost for us.”