Manchester United have received a triple selection boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle United this afternoon.
The Red Devils have made a solid start to the new season, picking up seven points from a possible nine in the opening weeks of the campaign, and they’ll be hoping to continue their good form when the Magpies visit Old Trafford.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be confident of securing another three points after revealing that a selection of key first team players will be available for selection.
Despite Alex Telles and Scott McTominay remaining sidelined with injuries, goalkeeper Dean Henderson has now recovered from a viral infection, while summer signings Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo are also fit enough to feature from the off.
“Dean has not got the after-effect and tiredness anymore; that’s very positive,” Solskjaer said in his press conference on Friday.
“Telles is not 100% yet, still a few weeks (away), and Scott has recovered very quickly from the operation. If he’s going to play or not, I’m not sure; but probably not, depending on who we’ve got available and who we can use.
“Jadon’s come back in with a minor knock, but he’s trained the last couple of days. Disappointed he couldn’t play for England but determined to be fit; he’s available; that’s a positive.
“Cristiano’s trained all week, internationals; we didn’t get anyone injured. Luke (Shaw), Harry (Maguire) and Victor (Lindelof) played late Wednesday night, so not a lot of recovery (time), but they will be available, I think,” the Norwegian concluded.
Having the likes of Henderson, Sancho and Ronaldo all available for selection will certainly leave Solskjaer feeling delighted ahead of today’s encounter against Newcastle.
Ronaldo’s greatness needs no elaboration, while the England winger is a proven scorer in a major European league and the goalkeeper has been hailed by former United boss Jose Mourinho for his “incredible development“.
Steve Bruce’s charges may not be the toughest opponent that the Red Devils will face this season, but securing another victory could be crucial to their title aspirations, and their chances of doing just that have received a substantial boost with the news that Solskjaer has a near-full squad at his disposal.