Early team news for Leicester clash

Wednesday 30 March 2022 15:59

Manchester United's squad will regroup after the international break in order to prepare for Saturday's return to Premier League action against Leicester City.

The Reds have not played in the division since the dramatic 3-2 victory over Tottenham on 12 March, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

Following the exertions across the globe with their national teams, the players will be back at Carrington soon and, hopefully, in contention to feature against the Foxes. However, Edinson Cavani picked up an injury for Uruguay during the first half of their 2-0 win over Chile and must be considered a doubt, although we will get an update from interim manager Ralf Rangnick on Friday.

However, Paul Pogba came on as a substitute for France in their 5-0 friendly success against South Africa and even donned the captain's armband previously worn by Raphael Varane. Pogba had been a doubt beforehand due to a foot problem.

We await updates on all of those away on international duty but Bruno Fernandes was certainly in fine fettle with his double taking Portugal through to the World Cup finals at the expense of North Macedonia. Diogo Dalot is actually training with the Reds again after not featuring in his country's latest match, despite starting the win over Turkey. 

Luke Shaw has not appeared for the Reds since the goalless draw with Watford in February but did play in both of England's games, scoring a superb goal against Switzerland at Wembley. 

Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Nemanja Matic were among those at our training base on Wednesday.


Manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping the pause in action will give him chance to welcome some key individuals back. Jamie Vardy is apparently "not far away" from a return, according to the City boss, while Marc Albrighton is in a similar position after a groin injury.

Former Reds favourite Jonny Evans proved his fitness while away with Northern Ireland after making his first appearance of 2022 against Brentford, last time out in the Premier League. 

Highly rated defender Wesley Fofana will also be available, as should Ademola Lookman, who was out due to Covid-19. However, it would appear that Danny Ward, Ryan Bertrand and Wilfred Ndidi are all long-term casualties and Luke Thomas has been flagged as a doubt after returning early from England Under-21 duty.