After missing Wednesday’s draw with Atalanta, the Red Devils’ 2-2 draw in the Champions League, Victor Lindelof has returned to Manchester United.
Manchester United has received a late boost ahead their derby clash against Manchester City.
After Victor Lindelof’s injury-related absence from the Red Devils’ Champions League draw with Atalanta, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has Victor Lindelof available.
United still miss Raphael Varane, but Lindelof’s recovery allows Solskjaer and his three-man backline to continue playing. This has worked well for him in the previous two fixtures.
Eric Bailly was a shining star in Italy on Wednesday. He will be starting as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Old Trafford’s early kickoff Saturday.
Although the Red Devils boss expected the Swede would be fit, he could not promise any on Friday.
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Solskjaer also spoke out to praise the occasion of local derby. The last version of the fixture that was not played behind closed doors came on the cusps of Covid-19 lockdown.
“It’s a special one of course,”The Norwegian government affirmed.
“The last time we had a Manchester derby with fans in the stadium the atmosphere was electric.
“I think everyone will still remember that one probably more so than any dark moments we’ve had.
“When Scott [McTominay] scored that winning goal in extra time, it was a special moment.
“We know it’s a one-off game, it’s one of those you have to start on the front foot, start ready, because a lot of it depends who gets on the front foot.”
Guardiola’s record against Solskjaer is strong, winning four out of eight matches.
The United manager, however, doesn’t seem to be too concerned about this tally. “You look at the next game.
“I’m not one to talk about what I’ve done. I’ve got a great respect and admiration for Pep and what he’s done.
“We’ve had a few good results against them, we’ve had some good games, tight games, and we need another performance like this.
“Sometimes you need luck, and we know this is a game where we’ll have to work hard and suffer a lot, but we have to believe in ourselves, we have to trust ourselves.
“We’re at home, as you say, we’ve had a few good results and let’s hope that continues, but we don’t take that for granted. It’s something we have to work for.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was the star man in Atalanta. After scoring both goals, he was briefly linked to City during the summer transfer window. But he later returned to Old Trafford.
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Solskjaer denied that there were rumors and instead focused on the “absolutely immense”The impact that the 36-year old has had since his arrival.
“The goals he scores, the way he conducts himself in and around the place,”He explained.
“So, how people can say that is a negative, I can’t see that one. We’re really, really pleased he has started off as well as he has, but that’s what he does.
“He’s a great scorer, he works hard for his team and he’s a top professional.