Ole Gunnar Soskjaer has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely play against Newcastle United.
The only thing he wouldn’t categorically say is whether that second home debut for Ronaldo would be as a starter or on the bench.
Ronaldo himself has already said that he will put pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give him a starting place on Saturday.
With the Portuguese star making it clear that he is fully fit, it is certainly almost certain that he will start the game as players like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and others are simply trying to keep the hype around the game with the whole “will he” to strengthen or he will not play against Newcastle United.
The Manchester United boss also announced today that Jadon Sancho will be available to face Newcastle despite being eliminated from the English squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also pointed out (see below) that at least five, probably seven other Manchester United players would not be considered for the team against Newcastle due to injuries, fitness and possible suspension issues.
The seven are Fred, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson, and Phil Jones.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer via Manchester United Official Website:
“Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave an update on his squad ahead of the highly anticipated return to the Premier League on Saturday with Newcastle United.
Fortunately, there have been no injuries for the Reds, who have represented their countries in World Cup qualifiers and friendlies, other than Jadon Sancho’s withdrawal from the English squad.
The winger has been training with his United teammates since his return to Manchester and hopes to be fit to fight for a spot against the Magpies.
“You always keep your fingers crossed that you get fit again,” said Ole to the club’s media. “They all came back in a good mood, achieved good results, scored a few goals and those who were here worked hard, prepared themselves well and of course it’s an exciting game for everyone.
“Jadon has come back and has been training for the last few days. He is disappointed that he couldn’t play for England but is determined to be fit and available. That is positive. “
Fred could well be ruled out this weekend and in the Champions League opener with Young Boys on Tuesday after Brazil enforced a five-day rule for several Premier League players who were called up to not attend their most recent games had participated.
The bans are being challenged and Ole said, “We have to prepare for the game without Fred, but keep our fingers crossed that people may have a point and we can use it.”
Alex Telles and Scott McTominay were snapped by our photographers this week as they try to regain their full fitness.
“Alex is not 100 percent,” said the manager. “He’s still a couple of weeks [away]. Scott made a very quick recovery from the surgery so I’m not sure if he will play or not depending on who we have available.
Marcus Rashford is also on the comeback path, while Dean Henderson and Phil Jones have attended the sessions after their respective absences.
“Dean no longer has the after-effects of tiredness, which is very positive,” added Ole.
New signing Cristiano Ronaldo joined the group on Tuesday after being released early by Portugal due to a game suspension and there is a lot of hype and anticipation for his potential involvement at Old Trafford.
The coach has confirmed that he will definitely make his second debut at some point.
Eric Bailly returned from Ivory Coast engagements Wednesday to work in Carrington, but his international colleague Amad is on hiatus.
Other youngsters Alvaro Fernandez, Hannibal and Joe Hugill have spent time with the senior squad during their international break and the boss should have plenty of options when assembling his squad for the Magpies.
Raphael Varane has yet to appear at the Theater of Dreams in the red shirt, but he, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial appeared to have come through all their efforts with France unscathed so that he could keep his place in the heart of the defense.
Sancho is also waiting for his first home start, while Edinson Cavani came off the bench in the win at Wolves and will remain in the coach’s mind even after staying in Manchester. Jesse Lingard impressed for England in their recent win over Andorra, scoring two goals and being another bearer of hope.
The rest of the English contingent – Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw – should be available along with the Swedish skipper Victor Lindelof.