Manchester United will face Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday in our final fixture of 2018.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won two games from two since coming in as temporary manager following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho earlier this month.
Ahead of this weekend’s match the Norwegian has spoken to the media at this pre-match press conference this morning.
Solskjaer expects to have several more players available to face Bournemouth this weekend following our 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day.
The boss was able to reveal that Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez were all able to take part in light training on Thursday after all three of them missed our last fixture.
However, Solskjaer did confirm that Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay are all still absent. The latter two are expected to increase their involvement in training in the very near future at least. He told MUTV:
“We’ve not had a lot of training since [the Huddersfield game].
“We had yesterday [Thursday] off so today is the first day back.”
“Romelu [Lukaku], Anthony [Martial] and Alexis were [in] light [training] yesterday so hopefully they can join part of the training today and let’s see after they’ve come through. Marcos [Rojo] and Scott [McTominay] look like they can take part very soon as well, so it’s looking better.
“Smalling has got a sore foot, so I don’t think we’ll see him until the New Year anyway – maybe not even before Spurs [on 13 January] probably, around that time, but you never know.”
Of the six players mentioned, only Anthony Martial has featured in either of the two games under the temporary boss. The French international started our 5-1 thrashing at Cardiff City before Christmas before missing the Boxing Day game through illness.
With all of these absentees it’s possible that Ole goes with the same starting XI that beat Huddersfield last time out. However, he must be weary that our following fixture comes only three days later, when we go to Newcastle United.
Bournemouth head into the weekend having lost seven of their previous nine Premier League fixtures, winning the other two.
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