Bruno Fernandes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Team news before United's trip to Leeds

Friday 23 April 2021 13:18

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on how his squad is looking, ahead of Sunday's trip to Elland Road to play Leeds United.

United have been able to feel the benefit of a blank midweek for the first time this season, outside of the various international breaks - which have, of course, featured several Reds in action for their respective countries anyway.

And with exactly one month to go until the final day of the Premier League season, the players will be glad for a slight break before the run-in.

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Solskjaer has been given a boost by the return of a defender to his plans.

Eric Bailly came back to training on Monday, with the Ivorian once again in contention after recovering from his COVID-19 diagnosis.

“Yes Eric is back and has been training this week,” Solskjaer told club media. “It’s been a good week.”

Marcus Rashford is still managing the foot injury which has been bothering him in recent weeks, with Ole revealing he hasn’t taken part in training with the group this week.

However, the boss is still hopeful that he can be involved at Elland Road on Sunday, for a game against a Leeds side whose playing style the Norwegian describes as ‘unique’.

Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are still out with knee problems.

“Marcus hasn’t trained but I hope that he will join us tomorrow,” continued Solskjaer.

“Apart from that everyone – of course Anthony is injured still - has had a couple of days of recovery and a week of preparation and training.

“You need that against these. They make you go to the edge physically and mentally.

“They have a unique style of play and it’s a game we’re looking forward to.”

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The Whites' captain Liam Cooper is still suspended and forward Rodrigo has also been ruled out by Bielsa.

Talented Brazilian forward Raphinha missed Monday night's draw with Liverpool and has yet to train since, meaning he is a doubt for Sunday's fixture, while Adam Forshaw has suffered a further setback in his recovery from an injury which has kept him out for almost 18 months.

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