Early Man Utd team news v Real Sociedad with Cavani and Van de Beek ruled out

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave an early team update at his press conference this afternoon before the squad jets off to Turin.

Real Sociedad are not permitted to host the game in San Sebastian due to travel restrictions issued by the Spanish government. Thankfully the game still goes ahead, but in Italy and at the home of Serie A champions Juventus.

One player who could be headed towards Turin in the summer is Paul Pogba, but he will not be fit enough to play tomorrow night. The French midfielder is still a few weeks away from a return which comes as a blow for Solskjaer’s side.

The manager doesn’t expect Pogba back on the pitch until March at the earliest.

“Paul – he is recovering well, starting treatment,” Solskjaer told reporters, as per MEN. “Still a few weeks, so he won’t be playing in February that’s for sure.”

Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek are not travelling to Italy due to knocks, Solskjaer added.

“Apart from that a couple of doubts. Anthony [Martial] and Scott [McTominay], so we will have to check them tomorrow. Donny and Edinson definitely not travelling.”

Greenwood joined Solskjaer at the beginning of the press conference but the boss was keen to talk about his young striker, who put pen to paper and signed a new long-term deal with the club earlier this week.

We should see him start tomorrow night but will he take Cavani’s role with Martial considered a doubt for the game?

Solskjaer commented on Greenwood’s preferred role after the striker said he’d happily play anywhere across United’s front three, saying: “I think Mason was a bit shy there, he can play No. 10 too! I think we just have to give him time to find his final position. He is a forward who moves really well along the line. Sometimes you don’t want to be right in the mix, so I think we have found he can play both really.

“In and around the goal – we need him there.”

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