Manchester United will be looking to make it back-to-back wins at the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season when they travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
United, who recovered from 2-0 down to win 3-2 on their last visit to this particular corner of the south coast, will travel to St Mary’s brimming with confidence after their 5-1 opening day win against Leeds United at Old Trafford last weekend.
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Signed from Real Madrd almost a week ago, Varane could make his United debut on Sunday afternoon against the Saints.
Match sharpness has been lacking from Varane’s armoury ever since France were knocked out of the European Championship in June, but United chief Solskjaer, speaking to the media on Friday, has confirmed that the Frenchman could be included in the squad.
Ivory Coast international Bailly returned to United’s Carrington training base for training on Monday after spending time at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Bailly, alongside Amad, both featured for their country as they reached the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Bailly has not returned with any injury issues in tow, but will no doubt need time to recover and regain some fitness ahead of battling it out for a place in a competitive-looking defensive-line.
Return date: Late August.
With Luke Shaw reporting for pre-season much later than most of the squad due to international commitments at Euro 2020, the last thing United would have wanted was an injury to Telles at left-back.
However, the Brazilian, formerly of Porto, has missed the start of the campaign after picking up an ankle injury in training last month.
He is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of August, with Solskjaer admitting that the news was “worse than we hoped for.” Telles was pictured on crutches earlier this month.
Return date: September.
Striker Cavani has started to train with United again after a six-week absence from the club, boss Solskjaer has confirmed.
The former Napoli man returned to England earlier this month but did not return to training until this week.
Cavani is unlikely to feature this weekend but could return against Wolverhampton Wanderers next Sunday at Molineux.
Return date: Late August.
United’s longest-term injury issue, Rashford will not be making an appearance for United for quite a while.
The attacker recently underwent shoulder surgery after he played through Euro 2020 with both his shoulder problem and a foot injury, so some time out of the firing line will serve him well in the long-run.
Earlier this month United confirmed that the surgery had been a success and that they hoped to see him back as soon as possible.
Return date: Late September/early October.
Source: Manchester Evening News
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