Manchester United’s first team stars are gradually returning to pre-season training, in what is a timely boost for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The first competitive match, at home to Leeds United, is now just 11 days away and United’s fringe players have had a mixed pre-season thus far.
A promising win at Wayne Rooney‘s Derby County and enjoyable draw against newly promoted Brentford came either side of a 4-2 drubbing at the hands of QPR.
The MEN has covered player availability, with a host of stellar names seen as being close to a return to first team action.
All three were back in full training on the 2nd of August.
In Shaw’s case he’s recovering from broken ribs sustained on England duty, so could be tentatively easing his way back towards full capacity.
Reds’ talisman Bruno Fernandes started training last week, so could well be expected to feature at Old Trafford this weekend.
Meanwhile, exciting new signing Jadon Sancho is expected to link up with his new team mates this week, as he prepares to unleash his dazzling skills on English full-backs.
There’s a strong possibility that the side selected on Saturday will bear a close resemblance to the expected XI for the hotly-anticipated Pennines derby.
It’s to be hoped that Solskjaer’s men are battle ready after a second consecutive summer of disjointed preparation.