The one thing I hate most about being away from Old Trafford and focusing more on what is being said before, during and after games on social media has to be the immediate reaction to the starting XI being announced.
As fans we should trust that the manager and coaching staff to pick the right team to win the match at hand. They’ve done okay this season and most people can see room for improvement.
Winning the Europa League would go a lot way towards silencing the manager’s biggest critics. His task now is to ensure he can keep everyone fit and firing for United’s remaining games.
“We pick a team to win each game,” Solskjaer said, as per MEN. “This is just the first half of the leg. We have big games coming up and that’s always a conundrum. Who can play 90? Who can play four or five on the bounce? Who needs a rest? We always have a check in the morning to see how everyone is feeling.”
Marcus Rashford trained this morning and Solskjaer later gave an update on the player’s fitness. However, he was not willing to reveal too much ahead of his team selection
“I can’t disclose my team now, we’re not going to do that. Marcus is travelling and we have to make a decision tomorrow if he starts or is on the bench. I don’t think he’ll play 90 minutes. With the keepers it’s the same, I have two great keepers.”
The manager also confirmed that Eric Bailly has not returned to Manchester after a positive COVID-19 test.
It got more downbeat when the attention turned to Anthony Martial because it doesn’t sound like Solskjaer thinks he will be back before the season ends.
“Anthony has started his recovery. Bright around place. If we see him before end of season I’ll be very surprised. He wants to get back as quick as possible.”
The Frenchman has been in dire form this season but I still think we are stronger with him in the squad than being without.
He now becomes an option Solskjaer wishes he had — and Edinson Cavani didn’t look very interested on Sunday.