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Manchester United give team news and injury updates vs Southampton

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Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are doubts for Manchester United’s trek to Southampton on Sunday.

Pogba missed the wins over West Brom and Istanbul Basaksehir with an ankle problem while McTominay was absent from the latter fixture with an unspecified injury.

Neither trained with the United squad on Friday morning but Solskjaer clarified Pogba’s ankle injury is not related to the ankle problems he encountered last season. Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are fit and Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani could start in the Premier League for the first time.

“Scott and Paul didn’t train this morning,” Solskjaer said. “They weren’t on the grass, so look very unlikely for the weekend. Marcus, Victor, Aaron came through the session today, so hopefully they should be okay but still not 100%.

“Luke has just started his rehab, out on the grass, not out with the team yet. Jesse’s back from his isolation period, so he had a couple of days training with the group. Apart from that, Phil Jones is out until after Christmas sometime.

“We played on Tuesday then don’t have a game until Sunday, so it’s been a long period for us, we managed to give the boys a day off during this difficult time. [Van de Beek and Cavani] will both be available to play and I’m sure if they do they’ll be capable again.”

United have won only one of their last five matches against Southampton, who have been one of the most impressive opponents at Old Trafford during Solskjaer’s reign.

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Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Champions League with a 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes’ brace set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course for a third successive win, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James also on the scoresheet.

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Saints claimed a deserved late equaliser at United towards the end of last season and are currently fifth in the Premier League table, four points above United.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult one,” Solskjaer added. “They’ve done really well. If you look back over a 30 or 40-game block they’re one of the top teams.

“So they’ve made great improvements and we know how difficult this game is going to be. We drew twice with them last season, so it’s a game we can make an improvement on.”

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