Team news update before Watford away

Friday 19 November 2021 16:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has supplied a further update on Manchester United's plans for the trip to Watford, during our pre-match interview.

The Reds travel south to resume Premier League action at Vicarage Road in Saturday's 15:00 GMT kick-off.

After a lengthy wait to respond to the disappointing home derby defeat to Manchester City, due to the international break, there are question marks over the involvement of a number of individuals who missed games for their countries.

One of those is striker Edinson Cavani, who confirmed earlier this month that discomfort in a tendon has been causing him issues. As a result, he sat out the derby and also missed Uruguay's World Cup qualifiers, as his nation have come under real pressure in the bid to reach Qatar next year.

The experienced centre-forward could yet make the squad this weekend but it may transpire that the midweek tie at Villarreal in the Champions League becomes a more realistic target.

"He’s one of the doubts as well, Edi," admitted Solskjaer during an exclusive interview with club media, released in full at 09:00 GMT on Saturday.

"Before the City game, he had to pull out of, more or less, the last training session as he didn’t feel right. He’s one we assess every single day and he’ll contribute when he gets back in. If it’s this weekend or not, I can’t tell you."

Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford did not play for England due to their fitness problems. Shaw suffered a head injury in the defeat to City and was withdrawn in the second half with the Reds making a 'concussion substitute'. Unfortunately, he was unable to be passed fit in time to face either Albania or San Marino.

Rashford was able to use the last fortnight to work hard on getting up to full speed again at Carrington after only recently returning from a lengthy lay-off following shoulder surgery.

"Marcus and Luke have been part of the last couple of days of training and they had different sets of protocols to follow," explained the manager. "They have to tick them off before the doctor sends them to me."

Scott McTominay was unavailable for Scotland's impressive 2-0 wins against Moldova and Denmark but has stressed he is feeling better and will hopefully be in the frame to feature against the Hornets.

The midfielder is on the brink of making his 100th appearance in the Premier League and scored the winner against Watford when captaining the side in the last fixture between the two clubs - an Emirates FA Cup tie at Old Trafford last January.

"Scott had a bad illness and throat infection," confirmed Solskjaer. "He’s also trained the last couple of days and he’s looked bright and fit, to be fair."

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