Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that there were a couple of ‘knocks’ in training on Wednesday ahead of their Europa League round of 32 second-leg against Club Brugge.
United go into the game with a slight advantage having drawn 1-1 in Belgium last week with Anthony Martial cancelling out Emmanuel Bonaventure’s opener.
The Red Devils are hoping to progress to the last 16 with a win at Old Trafford, but their Norwegian boss has now admitted that their latest training session wasn’t without any difficulties.
“We had a couple of knocks in training,” the former Cardiff and Molde boss said on Wednesday.
“But hopefully it will be okay. Our 25-man outfield squad so a good session. We are looking stronger.”
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Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe are also nearing a return to first-team action following recent injuries, with Solskjaer insisting that they won’t be rushed back into contention.
He said: "They are getting close to either a reserve match or behind closed doors match.
“We need them to play in that kind of game before they can make a first team appearance.”
The former Norway striker was also asked how his team is coping with having to play two games each week due to their European commitments, to which he offered a positive response.
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He continued: “The squad has coped really well with that amount of games, I’ve said that character and personality of them is improving and December and January were really hard hard months.
“Now we’re getting players back and we’re looking sharp.
“Luke [Shaw] had two months out and now he’s come back well and done well in a different position. He runs forward more as a left back than a left wing back!”
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Shaw himself was also taking part in the press conference at the training ground, and he took the time to praise his manager for the changes he has made around the club.
He said: "He has been unbelievable and has brought a smile on our faces.
“Of course you see with him, he has been brilliant and the lads are really enjoying it, more so now we are getting better results.
“We have got an important second half of the season, Ole has been great and we enjoy working under him.”
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