Double boost for Ole's options
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is back training on the grass at Carrington and making strides in his recovery from injury, while Marcus Rashford will be in the squad for the first time this season on Saturday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Maguire has made a big step in his return from the calf problem he sustained in the defeat to Aston Villa, which has kept the skipper on the sidelines since and ruled him out of England's recent internationals.
Harry told us earlier in the week that he would not be absent for much longer, a huge filip with such a tough fixture schedule ahead.
"Harry was on the grass this morning and that was the first day out there," the boss told club media's Stewart Gardner, as the Reds prepare to tackle Maguire's former side Leicester City at the weekend.
Rashford will be involved against the Foxes, a club he has a good record against, and it is the first time he will be in a matchday squad in this campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery in the wake of Euro 2020.
"He’s in the squad, yes," confirmed the manager at his press conference. "If he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you now because it wouldn’t be right but he’s worked really hard throughout the whole lay-off.
“He’s been really bright this week, he had a 60-minute involvement in a behind-closed-doors game last week so he’s fit and raring to go."
Following the test against the Foxes, the Reds meet Atalanta in the Champions League next Wednesday before a huge occasion at Old Trafford when Liverpool come to town.
Raphael Varane is out for a few weeks after being injured while on UEFA Nations League duty with France but the squad is looking in good shape with young winger Amad also in full training again on Friday, following his thigh problem.