Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Team news for Sheffield United clash

Wednesday 16 December 2020 13:30

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will not be taking any risks with the fitness of his Manchester United players as a trip to Sheffield United is next on the Reds' agenda.

With so many games crammed into the festive period, the boss will carefully decide on his plans for the Bramall Lane clash on Thursday, against a team surprisingly struggling at the foot of the Premier League table.

Edinson Cavani has been back in training after his recent lay-off but may not be ready in time.

Anthony Martial came off the bench against Manchester City, following his brief spell on the sidelines, but there is news on a fresh injury within the squad.

The manager revealed Marcos Rojo has suffered a setback and is out until the new year, along with fellow central defender Phil Jones.

"Edinson has done well in his rehab, but we're still going to make a decision on whether we should risk him," explained Ole at his press conference. "Because it is a risk, it's a little bit too early. I doubt he'll be available for me to pick him tomorrow.

“Marcos has just felt a niggle in his calf again. He's worked really hard to come back, he played a game with the Reserves and got a knock there. Worked really hard again, then felt something. He's hopefully back in January, Marcos. Phil [Jones] should be ready by January and Sergio [Romero] has been training hard as well."

"Of course, we're going into a very, very tight schedule now with six games in less than 16 days," he added in his interview with club media. "We know we can't take any risks if there are any niggles. There are a couple of little things that we're waiting for, to see how they react, before we pick the squad."

The Reds are looking to capitalise on slip-ups by Chelsea, who were beaten by Wolves, and Manchester City, following a 1-1 draw for our neighbours at home to West Brom.


Blades striker Oli McBurnie, who scored the late equaliser in this fixture last season and was once a guest player for our Under-18s at the Milk Cup, was rated "touch and go" by manager Chris Wilder after picking up a shoulder injury against Southampton.

Jack O'Connell and Kean Bryan look likely to miss out for the hosts, who have only picked up one point this term but remain respected opponents.

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