Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his Manchester United team to face Watford this afternoon.
The under-fire manager takes his side to Vicarage Road knowing anything less than a win – and possibly a comfortable win at that – is likely to have more pressure directed at his tenure.
“Of course, times like this when there is an international break, we always use it in the best possible way,” Solskjaer said in the week. “This time, we had a few players that were injured and had to pull out of their games, and they’ve been working on their rehab and recovery. Some have been working on their fitness here, some have been allowed to go back home, to see their families with the staff working closely with them, of course. That’s one of the things we learnt through the pandemic; we can still keep in touch through Zoom and all the technology. And this week, they’ve come back bright. It’s been a very, very good week so far and we’re well prepared for Saturday.”
“When you lose games, as we did the last game, sometimes you want the next game straight away. For us, I think this break came at a good time now to come back fresh, look at things, make some minor adjustments, get back to who we know we are, make sure we come out on Saturday on the front foot with lots of belief and trust in ourselves.”
Solskjaer gave an update on the fitness of Raphael Varane. “Raphael’s improving, but he’s still a few weeks away. He’s working hard on his fitness and unfortunately, he got this injury now and it’s never a good time to get one, but after just coming back into the team, he was hoping to stay there. But he’ll work diligently, and he does work diligently and he’ll be back soon.”
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