Here are your Manchester United evening headlines for Monday, February 1.
United to add Jones, Diallo to first-team squad
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Phil Jones will be added to United’s first-team squad ahead of the second half of the season.
Jones has been absent thus far due to lingering issues from a knee problem, but he is back in contention to feature for the remainder of the campaign.
“I can confirm there won’t be anyone coming in, so don’t stay up late,” Solskjaer confirmed in his press conference on Monday. “Phil has been recovering from a knee injury, an operation he had, and he’s working hard to be available again. He will be included on the list and hopefully he’ll get his fitness back sooner rather than later and be available to play.”
Meanwhile, new signing Amad Diallo is set to make his first-team debut later this month. United signed Diallo shortly after the summer transfer window but couldn’t officially unveil him until the January window opened.
Solskjaer on transfer deadline day
Solskjaer confirmed that United would not be making any signings on deadline day.
The January window has been focused on outgoings for United, as was expected before it opened, with a series of young and reserve players offloaded, including Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Jesse Lingard, Marcos Rojo, and potentially Sergio Romero.
Solskjaer summarised United’s window in his press conference on Monday. “We’ve made decisions we feel have been good for individuals and us as well,” he explained.
“With the young players moving on, with Garner, Chong, Mengi, Pellistri getting the chance to play more football has been important for us and our group is a tight-knit group, we don’t have too many players in excess and hopefully Jesse can get going and play well at West Ham as well.”
Solskjaer on Diallo and Hugill promise
Solskjaer says that Joe Hugill shouldn’t have let Diallo take a penalty in United Under-23’s 6-3 win over Liverpool on Saturday.
Diallo scored twice in the win, while Hugill notched four goals, and Solskjaer spoke positively about both as they push to be included in the senior squad.
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Manchester United missed multiple chances to beat Arsenal on Saturday evening, drawing 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford were culpable of squandering opportunities, as United now sit three points off league leaders Man City having played a game more.
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“We’re going to give him the time to settle in and keep showing his skills, improving, get used to England and our way,” Solskjaer said when asked Diallo’s chances of first-team football.
“If we go from that game, I’d pick Joe Hugill: scored four goals, should have taken the penalty and got five instead of giving it to Amad, so Amad got two!
“But Amad has come in and does well in training, he’s got very good, close technique, he’ll open up defences, so I don’t think it’s gonna be too long before he’s involved in a matchday squad.”