Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Team news for United v Leeds

Friday 13 August 2021 13:34

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed team news for Saturday's Premier League opener with Leeds United at Old Trafford.

Ole's squad will have had a good week's worth of training in preparation for the visit of the Yorkshiremen following the 4-0 victory over Everton in our final warm-up friendly last weekend.

The boss spoke to us on Friday to preview the big game and revealed the latest on his plans for the cross-Pennines clash.

A number of Reds did not feature in any of the friendlies, including new signing Jadon Sancho, who linked up with his new team-mates for the first time this week.

The England international is available to make his debut but Raphael Varane has still to complete his proposed move from Real Madrid.

"Jadon has come in and done very good this week," the manager told us. "Maybe a little bit too early, I’ll see how he is. I’d say you’ll see him. He’s definitely involved in the squad."

Eric Bailly, Amad and Edinson Cavani are among the others who did not appear for the Reds in pre-season.

"Edi is in the country," added Ole. "He’s just finishing off his isolation period. He’s had a little bit of extra time for personal reasons. Eric and Amad are also in the country waiting to get the all-clear to join the team again. They’ve had a very exciting summer of course, been in the Olympics, played games before that as well, so they should be fit before they come."

Alex Telles and Marcus Rashford are both set to be ruled out due to injury while Jesse Lingard was absent against Everton after testing positive for COVID-19 and Dean Henderson is still feeling the after-effects of the virus.

Anthony Elanga, who enjoyed an outstanding pre-season campaign, was also missing for the visit of the Toffees.

However, Anthony Martial started in attack and he is now fit again after recovering from the knee injury that forced him out of the end of last term.

"It was always the plan to play him for 45 minutes [against Everton] and now he's ready for tomorrow."

The XI on show last Saturday included Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic and Daniel James, and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod for the clash with Marcelo Bielsa's men.

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New recruit Junior Firpo is available to make his Premier League debut after moving from Barcelona. The full-back sustained a knock in a friendly at Loughborough but is primed to feature at Old Trafford.

Centre-back Diego Llorente is out, though, after picking up an injury against Real Betis. "It is subject to his evolution but it will be one or two weeks more," explained Bielsa. 

Jamie Shackleton has overcome concussion suffered in a defeat at Ajax, with his manager adding: "He's recovered, he's well and he's available. A year on, he increases his hierarchy in the group."

Joe Gelhardt is a doubt and Adam Forshaw will not be rushed following a long-term absence due to a hip problem.

Kalvin Phillips is expected to play despite his Euro 2020 exertions with England, although he returned later than his colleagues.

"He's done a different type of work," said Bielsa. "A more brief one. The preparation time he had was half that of his team-mates but he's done this in a very serious manner with a lot of dedication. It's natural that the time he needed to prepare has not been completed yet."