Early team news for United v Brighton at Old Trafford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have at least one more player available for selection on Saturday, when his Manchester United side host Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
In his recent absence, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof have both started every match together at centre-back and importantly kept clean sheets against Newcastle, Reading and Tottenham. Elsewhere in defence, Argentina international Marcos Rojo is still unavailable due to injury.
Alexis (and Rossi!) in training Gallery
The Reds are working hard, come rain or shine! Check out today's session at the Aon Training Complex...
Our no.7 missed the trip to Wembley Stadium last weekend because he was “not ready”, according to Solskjaer, who also said the player is “having a hard time” of getting rid of his troublesome injury.
Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba did not take part in the section of training that was open to the media, but that does not necessarily mean they are unavailable for selection at this stage of the squad's preparations for Saturday.
Solskjaer may provide an update on the squad when conducting his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Friday, which you can follow live in the club’s Official App.
Former United striker Giuseppe Rossi also took part in the training session, as he continues to build his fitness at the invitation of his old Reds team-mate Solskjaer.
The Italian striker is currently without a club and Ole discussed his situation during Sunday's post-match press conference at Wembley Stadium.
“We’re not going to sign Giuseppe I think, no, but he’s trained well with us,” said Ole, before he revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson was impressed by his finishing.
“He looks sharp, he’s looking for a club so Giuseppe is probably going to stay with us for another week, unless someone takes him.
“He scored a fantastic goal yesterday [Saturday] in training. The gaffer [Sir Alex] turned around and said ‘what about that son?’
“It’s a bit of us helping him to get fit before his next move, so if there are any takers you should be quick!”
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