Man Utd host Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing injury troubles with several key absentees.
After an important win over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, the Red Devils have managed to pick up just two points since in games against Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton.
In turn, it’s vital that Solskjaer and the players produce a performance against Leicester this weekend to start on a positive note after the international break.
However, the United boss will likely have to do so without a string of key figures, with the Manchester Evening News noting that a provisional squad is in place for the clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
It’s noted that Jesse Lingard wasn’t seen at The Lowry Hotel on Friday evening along with the rest of the players as he continues to struggle with illness, and so the expectation is that he’ll miss out along with Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Eric Bailly.
In better news, it’s added that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in contention to be included in the match day squad as he tries to recover from a back injury in time to feature, although it remains to be seen whether or not he’s given the green light from the medical staff.
With that in mind, Solskjaer has decisions to make on his starting line-up, and perhaps there will be an element of concern over a lack of depth, with a string of youngsters now set to be named on the bench but with a chance of being able to impress.
Solskjaer will also be eager to see his stars recover quickly, without risking any setbacks, as the Europa League starts next Thursday and the fixture schedule becomes busier and so the need for a deep squad becomes even more evident.
Confirmed provisional squad: David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Juan Mata, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, (as per MEN report above).