Manchester United have named their team to face Brighton this afternoon.
After last weekend’s poor start to the league against Crystal Palace, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that his team have no excuses as they seek to gain some positive momentum.
“They’re getting better and fitter and sharper,” he said. “We will get better and better, and fitter and fitter. But we can’t wait and say ‘well, we’ll get fit in 3 weeks’ time’. We need to get going straight away.”
Huge improvements are needed in defence. Eric Bailly came through the League Cup game unscathed and many feel he should be in front of Victor Lindelof in the pecking order.
“I think last season proved to us how we can defend at our best,” Solskjaer told reporters. “Yeah, last week [against Crystal Palace] wasn’t fantastic – we conceded sloppy goals, but our defensive record from last season shows with [Victor Lindelof] and Harry [Maguire] how good a partnership they were. It’s the whole team, defending as a team. Eric is fit again, which is a big bonus for us and I’m looking forward to seeing him develop and play more games this season because we’ve been waiting for him to… well, first, be fit and then to play more regularly. Eric’s had so many niggly injuries but also serious ones because of his playing style. He’s now getting to the age where he’s maturing, he’s getting more experience and I think we saw a more experienced Eric and a confident Eric. Of course it was his first 90 minutes but he’ll be strong this season, hopefully.”
However, Solskjaer has instead kept Lindelof in his league team – and considering the Swede’s recent form, and the fact he had a poor game at the Amex two years ago, it could be a risky call.
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