Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted that he may start Odion Ighalo at Stamford Bridge on Monday at Chelsea. The loan signing could make his debut since his arrival from China.
“I never said he was going to be ready to play on Monday,” Ole told reporters at his pre-match press conference.
“He’ll be involved with us and he’ll travel down with us and, obviously, now he’s out of that two-week period of precaution and it’s a precaution we’ve made.”
“He’ll travel with us and let’s see if he’s involved or not.”
“He’s done his [training programme] and it was always going to be a case of him to integrate into the group anyway after having been out in China. He needs to get used to the players and the team and up to speed as quick as he can.”
Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe will be unavailable the match against Blues. They’re still working on their fitness.
Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will also be on the sidelines. While Tim Fosu-Mensah – who is yet to make an appearance this campaign, but was also in Spain – suffered a minor injury setback, yet hopes to be involved before the end of the month.
“I don’t think we’ll get anyone back for the Chelsea game,” Because Scotty, Axel, Tim, they didn’t join too much so they’re not ready to play that game. And Paul is not ready, of course.”
“How do we go about playing without Marcus, Paul, Scott? You deal with it.”
“We’ve got players who are going to get a chance. They’ve now had a rest, a great rest.”
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
Frank Lampard confirmed in his Friday press conference that Monday’s match will come too early for Christian Pulisic. The American winger is still building up his fitness after a month on the sidelines. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also inching closer to selection after a ruptured Achilles, but won’t be making his first appearance of the season against United.
Manager Frank Lampard hopes that Tammy Abraham will be involved. The 22-year-old picked up an injury against Arsenal at the end of January, although he was involved in the Blue’s last fixture, at the King Power stadium two weeks ago.
The match can be seen live in the UK on Monday on Sky Sports Main event, Premier League and Ultra HD. In the US you can watch it at 3pm ET on NBCSN. The referee will be Anthony Taylor.