Following the next international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking forward to welcoming Marcus Rashford and Amad back into the first-team fold.
United host Villarreal in the Champions League at Old Trafford today (Wednesday), followed by Everton on Saturday.
Despite the fact that the manager has just lost Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw to injury, the Reds’ squad should be boosted when they face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on 16 October, with Rashford and Amad both on the mend and keen to play for the first time this season.
Marcus has been out for over three months owing to shoulder surgery, and Solskjaer recognizes that it has been a long wait for him in particular. Rashford has been a virtual ever-present in the side since breaking through as a teenager in 2016, making 271 appearances, so far, for the Reds. He also took part in Euro 2020 with England last summer.
The manager believes that the lengthy sabbatical has been beneficial to the 23-year-old and that he is putting in the effort on the training field in order to hit the ground running when he returns.
“They’re still a few weeks away so, hopefully after the international break, they could be available,” Ole told club media when asked about Rashford and Amad.
“They’re working hard, both of them positive, and it’s been a long, long time for Marcus of course. Probably the longest he’s been out but he’s needed it.
“He looks raring to go, happy and he knows he’s missed out on pre-season, but he’s done loads of good conditioning work and should be ready soon.”