Manchester United boosted by two positives in training ahead of Newcastle but no Ronaldo
Manchester United have announced two training positives ahead of facing Newcastle United at the weekend.
Via their official website, Manchester United saying the manager will have been lifted by the sight of two recovering players on the training pitch.
The official site stating: ‘Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been boosted by the presence of Alex Telles and Scott McTominay during Monday’s training session.’
Though they add that it will be later in the week before Solksjaer will be giving any indication as to whether they will be available for Saturday’s matchday squad.
However, they also revealed that despite having been released early by Portugal and allowed to travel to Manchester, as yet Ronaldo hasn’t joined in with first team squad training.
I have no doubt he will start against Newcastle United though and probably it will be later in the week when more first team players are back from international duty, when he will then join in.
On Wednesday Ronaldo showed he was fully fit and in form, scoring two superb headers in the 89th minute and injury time to turn defeat into a 2-1 win for Portugal over the Republic of Ireland.
Manchester United official site:
‘Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been boosted by the presence of Alex Telles and Scott McTominay during Monday’s training session.
Telles has been out since picking up an ankle injury in pre-season, after appearing in the friendly victory over Derby County in July.
However, the Brazil international has been making good progress in his rehabilitation and was spotted by our photographers at Carrington looking in a very positive frame of mind.
Another player featuring in our exclusive shots is Scott McTominay, even though he only underwent a groin operation recently.
The midfielder missed the win at Wolves as a result of the surgery but he pledged to be back sooner than fans would think and it was another major plus to see him out on the grass as the squad prepares for Saturday’s visit of Newcastle United.
It remains to be seen whether the pair will be available for that match but the manager will provide an update later in the week.
Dean Henderson and Teden Mengi were also involved as they work back to full fitness, along with South American duo Fred and Edinson Cavani.
Youngsters present included Tunisia international Hannibal and Spanish full-back Alvaro Fernandez.
There is no Cristiano Ronaldo yet, following his arrival from Portugal, in the wake of breaking the men’s international goals record with two late headers in the dramatic win over Republic of Ireland.
Of course, a number of Reds remain on duty with their respective countries but Jadon Sancho returned from the England camp early due to a minor injury.
All the international players will be expected back in Manchester in time to prepare for Saturday’s 15:00 BST kick-off against the Magpies at Old Trafford.’
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