Manchester United have received a massive boost on the injury front as a number of players are expected to return this weekend. Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hit with a glut of withdrawals from international duty, including Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.
All five were forced to leave their respective international camps due to injury, but are likely to be fit and ready for United’s Premier League clash at home to Watford on Saturday, although Lukaku may need more time to recover from a foot injury.
Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are also poised to return from injury, but Alexis Sanchez remains sidelined with a knee ligament problem, which is set to keep him out for a further three weeks.
Valencia, who is set to leave United as a free agent this summer after 10 years at Old Trafford, has not played for the Reds since a 2-0 win at Newcastle back on January 2.
He made his return to action for Ecuador in a 2-0 defeat to USA last Friday and will be available for selection this weekend, although is unlikely to make United’s 18-man matchday squad.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are poised to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer their permanent manager this week, claims The Daily Mail. The Red Devils were not planning to make a decision on Jose Mourinho’s long-term successor until the end of the season.
United appointed Solskjaer as interim manager before Christmas and were planning a summer move for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. However, Solskjaer has been a roaring success at Old Trafford and has forced himself into pole position for the full-time job.
The 46-year-old has won 14 of his first 19 games in charge of United and remarkably guided the club into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. United came from 2-0 down to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 clash to win 3-1 in Paris and advance to the next round.
Solskjaer has received public backing from a number of senior United players in recent weeks and the club are now set to reward his startling work. Since taking charge at Old Trafford, United have collected more Premier League points than any other team under Solskjaer (32).