Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful Jesse Lingard can recover from injury in time for this weekend’s game with Everton. Lingard excelled in the 2-1 victory over Manchester City last Saturday, but has been unable to train since, due to a knock picked up during the match. The match will be played at 9 am ET in the US.
Solskjaer also revealed that he expects Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah to begin participating in full training with the first team from next week onwards.
Ole told reporters, after the Reds had secured top spot in Europa League Group L with a 4-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar.
“Next week, Eric [Bailly] will start training, Tim [Fosu-Mensah] will start training, Paul will probably start training with us next week properly. So let’s see.”
Only two players from the derby win remained in Solskjaer’s selection for the Alkmaar game: Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial. However, once United had gained the advantage – in a match in which we only required a draw to finish top of Group L – the manager took the opportunity to whisk the pair off. Martial, Maguire and Ashley Young – who was also substituted – each headed straight down the tunnel, rather than taking a place on the substitutes’ bench as normal, presumably for recovery work.
Assuming they are injury-free, all appear likely to be in contention for the visit of caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson’s Everton. Fred, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford remained on the bench during the Alkmaar game, while David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof and Daniel James were given the night off, ahead of this weekend’s Premier League duties.
The Toffees have question marks over the involvement of five players ahead of the game, Ferguson’s second in charge following the departure of Marco Silva.
Theo Walcott was injured during the stirring win over Chelsea and looks the most doubtful of the quintet. Seamus Coleman, Fabian Delph and Yerry Mina are all back in training and will be assessed. Ferguson admitted there is some concern over Lucas Digne, but he hopes the full-back will be okay.
Duncan Ferguson hopes to have Seamus Coleman available for selection when the Toffees make the journey to Manchester on Sunday. The Republic of Ireland international, who has made over 250 appearances for the Merseysiders, has been sidelined with a rib injury since the Blues’ 2-0 home defeat to Norwich City on 23 November.
Along with Coleman, the caretaker boss is waiting on the fitness of a number of his first team players. Fabian Delph is edging closer to a return after being out for six weeks with a muscle problem, along with Yerry Mina, who was absent from their 3-1 victory over Chelsea with a hamstring issue. Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott suffered knocks in last weekend’s win at Goodison Park, and are also doubts.