Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his team for today’s game at Manchester City.
Solskjaer confirmed that De Gea would be missing again due to his partner giving birth this week but insisted his goal would be in good hands with Dean Henderson.
“That’s the beauty of having a good squad,” the United boss told ManUtd.com. “When things crop up, if it’s injuries or other reasons you know it’s not as easy as before to go home and be with your family anymore. The beauty of having good players around is they’re ready to step in and Dean did really well against [Crystal] Palace and he’s done really well throughout the season. We’re still hoping to get one or two back of course. We can’t promise any of them being available that weren’t available in the last game against Palace. So we’ll go with the same squad if not.”
Solskjaer admitted the number of games has been intensive and a difficult test. “It’s a challenge for the team. The most successful Man United teams over the years always used to have this. Maybe once in a while we’d get a midweek off, but we haven’t and we haven’t had any easy cup draws either to rest players. The only way to improve, get better and get used to this is to go through it. The players are getting more and more robust, physically and mentally, and I’ve been impressed by them and they recover [from games] really well. Of course, once in a while you don’t really hit your best form, that’s natural and we understand that. Everyone goes onto the pitch to do their best and now it’s a derby and of course everyone is going to be fired up and any mental or physical fatigue is not going to come into play that’s for sure.”
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