Solskjaer tight-lipped on Sancho and Varane involvement and urges Man Utd to ‘capitalise’ on Leeds win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to confirm whether Jadon Sancho or Raphael Varane will start ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Southampton this weekend.

United travel to face Southampton at St Mary’s this weekend, looking to build on a positive start to the season following a 5-1 thrashing of Leeds at Old Trafford last weekend.


Solskjaer has been discussing his side’s performance and admits he wants to see his side ‘capitalise’ on the ‘good start’ in front of the club’s home fans, whilst the Norwegian has provided updates on the fitness of his players.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer said: “First game of the season when you get off to a good start with the fans it sets the mood. Our job now is to capitalise on it and don’t get complacent.

“Edinson (Cavani) has joined in, Raphael (Varane) is joining in and we’re getting fitter and fitter.

Solskjaer remained tight-lipped on whether new signings Sancho or Varane would be involved against the Saints on Sunday however, with the former having come on as a late substitute during the win over Leeds.

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“You’ll see on Sunday. They worked well and we’ve had a very good week. We’ll see who is making the flight down to Southampton on Saturday.”

He did however suggest that Cavani could be involved.

“Edinson has always looked after himself,” said the Norwegian. “He’s lacking in team training but you can see he has been looking after himself. His body can tolerate a lot. He is chomping at the bit. He’s ready to go and let’s see what we can get out of him early on.”

Dean Henderson has also returned to training after struggling with the after-effects of a bout of Covid.

“With regards to Dean, he was tired after training,” Solskjaer revealed. “He felt that. We needed to check him up. Now he feels much better. He’s passed all the tests we’ve gone through with him.

“He’s training and building himself up again because he’s lost a few weeks. He’s working hard in the gym, working hard on the grass.”

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