Nemanja Matic in training.

Early team news for Reds' trip to Sheffield

Wednesday 20 November 2019 07:00

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given a fitness boost ahead of Sunday's Premier League fixture against Sheffield United.

Axel Tuanzebe has returned to training following a hip injury that has kept the defender out of action since he was forced to withdraw during the warm-up, prior to our 1-1 draw with Liverpool on 20 October. 

Also back at the Aon Training Complex were Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic, who have returned to the fold following lengthy spells on the sidelines. Shaw has been out since August, while Matic has not played in the Premier League since our trip to West Ham on 22 September.

Elsewhere, Scott McTominay remains a doubt ahead of the trip to South Yorkshire, after he was replaced with an ankle injury during our last outing - a 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

The problem forced the 22-year-old to miss Scotland’s double header against Cyprus and Kazakhstan over the recent international break and our no.39 may be struggling to be fit for the weekend. The boss is set to provide an update on the squad during Friday’s pre-match press conference, which you can watch on MUTV.

Meanwhile, after stepping up his fitness programme during the break, Diogo Dalot is hopeful of being available soon. So too, is Eric Bailly, and the defensive duo were both back in training this week, although they worked away from the rest of the first-team squad.

Paul Pogba is also continuing his recovery from injury but Ole has suggested the midfield man may not return before December.

For Sheffield United, in-form Dean Henderson is ineligible to feature against his parent club, meaning Chris Wilder will have to choose between Simon Moore or Michael Verrips to fill the void created by the on-loan Red.

One injury concern for the Blades is John Egan. The Republic of Ireland international was brought off at half-time in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark, and it will be touch-and-go to see if the defender will be fit in time for this weekend's fixture.

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