Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided more news on his squad plans for the visit to Wolves this afternoon (Sunday, 16:30 BST kick-off).
The Reds manager must decide whether to hand Raphael Varane his debut and Jadon Sancho a maiden start in the last game before the international break.
With four players definitely out through injury, there are other options for Ole to consider, including the potential availability of Edinson Cavani, who may make his first appearance of the campaign.
“Both Raphael and Jadon have had a little bit of a delayed start to their pre-season with illness for Jadon and waiting for the visa and the quarantine for Rapha, but they’ve trained well this week,” Ole told MUTV’s Stewart Gardner at Carrington.
“[With Edinson Cavani], every week is important early on, every training session is important. It’s like, last season, we had Carabao Cup games early on and everyone got game-time. Now it’s difficult with seven or eight days in between. You still want to spread it around a little bit and get the squad going because we know we need everyone, but it’s not as easy as that. So training has been important and it’s been good.”
The Molineux mission will, unfortunately, come too soon for Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford.
“We tried to manage him [Scott] and he worked really hard to get fit without surgery, but it wasn’t possible in the end,” continued Solskjaer.
“Marcus, of course, is still rehabbing. He’s out on the grass running, so that looks good. But he’s still a few weeks away from training with the team. Alex is working hard and Dean has started on the grass after the effect of COVID so we’ve got those four that we’re trying to get back.”
Phil Jones is also taking things step by step as he looks to return from a long-term knee problem.
However, it would appear there are numerous options available to the manager as he selects his side for a tricky-looking encounter in the Black Country.