Manchester United will host Brighton in the Premier League at Old Trafford this weekend as club football resumes following a fortnight of internationals.
United will want to get back to winning ways on Sunday in the league having gone out of the FA Cup to Leicester City in their last fixture before the break.
Before United’s European commitments away at Granada on Thursday, the Reds may have a chance to increase their lead over Leicester with the Foxes playing Manchester City on Saturday.
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The Red Devils were given another boost from Bruno Fernandes arriving back early, missing Portugal’s World cup qualifier against Luxembourg through suspension.
Fernandes’s form had dipped markedly before the break and United will want to see signs of his unplayable best returning for the run-in.
Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood were both in training and could feature for United, despite both forwards withdrawing from England and England Under-21 duties respectively due to injury.
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Anthony Martial, however, suffered a further setback with France and may not make United’s matchday squad.
Martial is not expected to be available. Edinson Cavani should, in this instance, start-up front – not least having spent the last fortnight at Carrington with Nemanja Matić – but Cavani’s stock is falling rapidly. Cavani’s loss would be Greenwood’s and Daniel James’s gain.
The upside of internationals are the minutes it will give to players returning to fitness from more serious injuries, none more so than Paul Pogba. Pogba can play a pivotal role over the next few weeks which would also set the Frenchmen up well for the Euros in the summer.
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United have been lost without Pogba’s creativity and ability to run a game from central midfield and, hopefully, he will do so partnered with Scott McTominay in the middle.
Perhaps the most anticipated decision this weekend will be over who starts in goal for United. The pressure, here, feels very much on the manager and on David de Gea.
Dean Henderson covering De Gea’s paternity leave for six matches has largely gone well for the England international, leaving Solskjær with a clear choice to make.
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