Manchester United are gearing up for their first match of the new season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to deliberate his squad for the opener this weekend.
United take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday and will be keen to ensure they begin the new Premier League campaign on the front foot.
Donny van de Beek is in line to make his senior United debut while there is also set to be a huge call in goal with Dean Henderson battling David de Gea for a starting role.
They won’t be the only two selection dilemmas for Solskjaer to solve however, and here is a look at the latest injury news ahead of the new campaign.
Pogba is a doubt for the season opener after he missed the club’s pre-season friendly against Aston Villa last weekend.
The MEN revealed Pogba returned to training after his recovery from coronavirus but he remains a doubt as he continues to build his fitness after testing positive for Covid-19 and missing France’s Nations League double-header earlier this month.
“Paul’s had a couple of training sessions so he’s lost out on a few sessions because of the virus, of course,” Solskjaer told MUTV last week. “But Paul is quick to get fit.
“Of course, he worked really hard to get back after lockdown last time and played the majority of the games. Hopefully he’ll be ready for next weekend. I am not 100 per cent sure though.”
Tuanzebe is the only player to have been officially ruled out of the match against Palace, with Solskjaer admitting it will be a few weeks before he is back in contention.
The 22-year-old underwent an operation that sidelined him for all of United’s games after last season’s restart in June but the MEN understands he has fully recovered and not suffered any setbacks.
“Axel is getting closer,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week. “In a few weeks’ time, I guess he will be with us training full-time and hopefully we’ll be able to give him games quickly.”
Teenage forward Greenwood was originally training alone after returning to the United Kingdom, having broken Covid-19 protocols while on England duty in Iceland, but returned to team training this week.
Greenwood should be fit to play against Palace this weekend but it remains to be seen how Solskjaer plans to integrate the forward into his side for the start of the campaign.
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Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Fred, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly and Bruno Fernandes
Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Fred, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Eric Bailly only returned to United training on Monday and ideally would be eased into selection ahead of a gruelling campaign.
Wan-Bissaka still looks likely to start against his former club, while Matic is a contender to play in the defensive-midfield role at the beginning of the season.
Mata, Fred and Bailly will all be fighting for a place in the match day squad with the trio all occupying reduced roles following the initial restart to last season.
Bruno Fernandes returned to Carrington over the weekend while some of his teammates were in the Midlands taking on Aston Villa, and is set to start against Palace.
Sergio Romero is the only senior United player yet to report to the club’s training complex in pre-season. Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have all been spotted arriving at Carrington but all three are up for sale and unlikely to feature against Palace.