Ole Gunnar Solskjaer directs his players in training.

Ole reveals team news for United v Burnley

Monday 28 January 2019 08:54

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on his squad as the in-form Reds look to make it nine wins out of nine, in all competitions, since he took charge last month.

Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku were instrumental in the superb 3-1 victory at Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round on Friday evening, while Sergio Romero and Eric Bailly also impressed after being recalled to the starting line-up.

Hence, the boss will have a selection headache, albeit a nice one, as he prepares to meet a team that has made life difficult at Old Trafford in the last couple of seasons.

Centre-back Chris Smalling will be available again soon, after injury, for the Reds.

Marouane Fellaini is still ruled out through injury but fellow midfielder Scott McTominay scored and shone for the Under-23s against Paris Saint-Germain on Friday and defender Chris Smalling is closing in on a return to action, even if Marcos Rojo is understood to still be unavailable.

”Chris has trained for a week now, so he’s looking good,” Ole told MUTV. “It’s about when do we get him into the team.”

Solskjaer believes it is easy to rotate the forwards at his disposal at the moment because the schedule is such a busy one. 

"So far, it's been no problem," he added. "We've got so many games. As soon as it becomes one game a week, it might be a problem. 

"We rotate even during games. When we can put Anthony [Martial] and 'Rashy' [Marcus Rashford] on for Alexis and Rom, who did a fantastic job [at Arsenal], it is only going to help us. The players have been very, very good at staying ready and being ready when they get on."

Former United midfielder Robbie Brady is a doubt for Burnley with a groin problem.


Ex-Red Robbie Brady returned from suspension during Burnley’s 5-0 FA Cup loss at Manchester City on Saturday but was withdrawn at half-time with a groin injury. Another player who was on United’s books as a youngster, Dwight McNeil, drew praise from Sean Dyche for his form.

Tom Heaton, also a former member of our Academy, looks favourite to get the nod in goal, although Nick Pope played at the Etihad Stadium and Joe Hart is another option. Matt Lowton and Aaron Lennon appear unlikely to be involved but Phil Bardsley, yet another United old boy, could be available.

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