Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that everyone will be available for the Red Devils’ pre-season tour that commences next week, despite questions marks over the future of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
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Last season, the then Man Utd manager, Jose Mourinho, lamented the fact that most of his players were unavailable for United’s pre-season tours, thanks to the world-cup. We all know how that ended up!
However, Ole won’t be facing those kind of problems when United travels to Australia to take on Perth Glory on July 13 and Leeds United on July 17th with Alexis Sanchez, the only absentee, thanks to his Copa America duties:
“Summer has been kind to us in that respect – so we’ll travel to Perth with the full first team squad.
“Everyone should be available to be picked – hopefully they’re fit when they come back – so the first team is going to be there.”
Solskjaer also admitted that he’s looking forward to the games against Perth Glory and especially Leeds United, with whom we have a rivalry, as both the games take place at the Optus Stadium in Perth:
“To play against Perth Glory (who topped the A-League in 2018/19 before losing to Sydney FC in the Grand Final) is always a good reference point on how the leagues compare,” he said.
“Games against Leeds United have always been huge for us. I’ve played in quite a few – both on-and-off the pitch there is some rivalry.”
With questions marks and doubts over the future of Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, Solskjaer has hinted that he expects every player (minus Sanchez) to report back to duty at Carrington in the first week of July.
Of course, things can change pretty quickly in Football, but, as it stands, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba would still be running around in a Man United bib in a couple of weeks time.