Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Anthony Martial will be involved in this weekend’s Manchester derby but says summer signing Edinson Cavani remains a doubt.
Martial and Cavani were both subbed off during Manchester United’s comeback win against West Ham earlier in the month and missed the subsequent Champions League defeat at RB Leipzig.
Solskjaer says Martial will ‘definitely’ be involved in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Man City, but the fixture may come too soon for Cavani.
The Red Devils go into the Manchester derby sitting sitting sixth in the league, but a victory could see them climb to third – two points behind joint-leaders Tottenham and Liverpool.
Asked to provide an injury update on Friday afternoon, Manchester United boss Solskjaer said: ‘
Anthony will definitely be involved and Edinson has been on the grass today.
But I’m not sure if he’ll make it. Apart from that, we’ve had a couple of days of recovery and we should be ready.‘
Manchester United will be looking for a response following their hugely disappointing Champions League exit.
Solskjaer’s side looked on course to qualify from group Group H after a bright start to their European campaign but suffered a shock defeat to Instabul Basaksehir before losing their final two games against PSG and Leipzig.
After a mixed start to the season, Man City have begun to show some impressive form under Pep Guardiola but Solskjaer nevertheless says the derby is ‘the best game you can ask for’.
‘Starting quickly is one thing and we want to start good,’ he said. ‘We have done well in last few games against City but there are loads of things we can do better.
‘We got pegged back in the beginning in midweek and they scored from crosses, which was disappointing.
‘We really wanted to go through but we have to move on. It was a tight group decided by fine margins. Focus has been on this game and Manchester derby. That is the best game you can ask for.’
Solskjaer also says it is important for Manchester United ‘not to press the panic button’ following their Champions League exit.
‘Any player should be disappointed and frustrated when you lose,’ the Red Devils manager added. ‘This season we have handled setbacks quite well.
‘But there are games that you lose that hurt more than others some losses has more consequences than others.
‘The reality is we are out of the Champions League for the rest of the season. We have to move on and get back into the Champions League.’