Manchester United who were given an additional week to prepare for the Premier League season after last season’s campaign was extended into August appear troubled.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has concerns over as many as 11 players, going into the Premier League opener with Crystal Palace this weekend.
They were given an additional week to prepare for the new season, after their Europa League exploits saw last campaign run into August.
While many of their top-flight rivals were in competitive action over the weekend, Solskjaer was able to arrange one final tune-up match vs Aston Villa.
But despite that, United have a lengthy list of players who may be unavailable for Saturday’s clash.
Manchester Evening News report that Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Fred, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Eric Bailly only returned to full training on Monday, while Bruno Fernandes started only days before.
Phil Jones is fit, but is unlikely to be selected, with the chance of him completing an Old Trafford exit before the end of the window. Sergio Romero is in the same boat, but he has yet to return to training as he seeks a move.
Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood is still training in isolation after returning to Carrington last week. The United striker was sent home from England duty after breaching Covid-19 guidelines in Iceland last week.
It is understood that Greenwood has taken a test to confirm whether he is still a risk to other teammates, with Solskjaer set for talks with the youngster.
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