Five things noticed from Manchester United training ahead of Astana clash
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put his team through their paces on Wednesday in preparation of their opening Europa League fixture.
The Reds welcome Kazakh side Astana to Old Trafford on Thursday evening.
Solskjaer confirmed in his pre-match press conference that plenty of changes would be made with some United youngsters being given the chance to show what they’re capable of.
The United boss led a session at Carrington prior to the game, here’s five things we noticed.
Pogba trains away from the group
Star midfielder Paul Pogba is continuing his recovery after missing the weekend’s victory against Leicester.
The World Cup winner trained away from the main group alongside his injured teammate Luke Shaw in a bid to return to full fitness.
Solskjaer confirmed he won’t be available for the Europa League game, but the fact he’s back on the training ground could mean a return against West Ham at the weekend isn’t out the realms of possibility.
Chance for youth
A host of United youngsters trained with the first-team in preparation for the fixture after Solskjaer confirmed a number of his young stars would be playing.
Both Mason Greenwood and Axel Tuanzebe will be named in the starting XI while James Garner and Tahith Chong could also be involved after taking part in the session.
There was also a surprise inclusion after Charlie Wellens was spotted with the first-team. The son of former United player Richie, Wellens is yet to make an appearance for the reserve side but has clearly impressed Solskjaer.
While Pogba and Shaw won’t be available, Solskjaer was boosted by the return of a number of first-team players. Jesse Lingard is back after picking up a problem while on international duty with England.
Full-back Diogo Dalot is also in line to feature for the first time this season after making a full recovery from a similar issue.
Both players trained and will be available for selection.
All smiles from Romero
The news of David De Gea’s contract extension was great news for Manchester United supporters, but maybe not so for Sergio Romero.
United’s back up ‘keeper will remain number two following the Spaniard’s renewal but was all smiles during the training session with his teammate.
Solskjaer confirmed that the Argentine will start the game meaning opportunities will be coming his way this season.
His professionalism should be applauded.
Ole’s still got it
The United boss rolled back the years to show his squad that he’s still got it. During a discussion with his coaches, Solskjaer aimed a shot at a bin a few metres away.
Unsurprisingly, his chipped effort found its target and bounced into the empty container leaving Solskjaer delighted.
He will hope his forward’s have their shooting boots on too during the visit from the Kazakh champions.
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