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Solskjaer explains James absence against Tottenham

Sunday 11 April 2021 16:11

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an update on the fitness of Daniel James, after the winger was omitted from the Manchester United squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Wales international has been a regular feature in the Reds’ side of late and played in Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Granada, and has been involved in United's last six Premier League games.

Therefore, James's absence from the 18-man squad was notable when the teams were announced, while Mason Greenwood also moved to the bench.

The boss gave an update on both when speaking to club media at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, ahead of kick-off.

Solskjaer explains the squad v Tottenham Video

Solskjaer explains the squad v Tottenham

Watch as we speak to the manager about the starting XI and why Daniel James is missing...

“We'll freshen it up but also keep doing the same things that we have done," Ole said. "Also, Dan had an injury from Thursday night, so he couldn’t be with us. Mason has also had some niggles, so we gave him a rest from the start.

“I think everyone is fine," he continued. "We didn’t do a lot on the training pitch [over the weekend]. We have had meetings, but rest and recovery is the name of the game when you don’t come back until 1am on Friday morning. We’ll be ready.”

With Leicester City losing 3-2 away to West Ham United in Sunday's early kick-off, it means that the Reds can move seven points clear of the third-placed Foxes with a win in the capital.

Sunday's game is just United's second league match at Spurs' new stadium - we drew there 1-1 last season, in what was our first game after the COVID-19-induced break over the spring period.