Manchester United confirm return dates for star players ahead of pre-season friendlies 


Manchester United Star Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba will return to pre-season training in another week’s time. Manchester Evening News.

Fernandes and Pogba both featured in Euro 2020 for Portugal and France respectively and are currently on leave. Manchester United will also be without Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial for at least another week.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed the pair are still not 100% but will return to training on Monday. Meanwhile, Pogba and Fernandes will return after a week. Solskjaer said:

“They’re not ready yet. They’ll probably be 100 percent training with us in a week on Monday. They’re still working hard to get into the group. Fernandes and Pogba? It won’t be next week, no. the following week.”

Marshall suffered a knee injury while on international duty with France in March and has not played for Manchester United since then. Meanwhile, van de Beek’s swallow forced him out of the Netherlands squad for Euro 2020.

Fernandes, Pogba, Marshall and Van de Beek will return to training soon. However, they will not be fit enough to play newly-innovated Brentford in a pre-season friendly on 28 July.

Manchester United play Queens Park Rangers on Saturday (24 July) before Brentford and Preston play North End. The Red Devils will play Everton on 7 August in their final pre-season friendly before the start of the Premier League season.

Manchester United will take on rivals Leeds United on the opening day of the new season on 14 August.


Read also: Fabrizio Romano’s transfer roundup: Updates on Manchester United’s transfer plans, Barca’s plan for Antoine Griezmann and more


Manchester United beat Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in their first pre-season friendly match

Manchester United beat Wayne Rooney’s Derby County 2–1 in their opening pre-season game at Pride Park.

Goals from Tahit Chong and Faisundo Pallistri helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to a winning start to the new season.

Manchester United played some first-team players in their game against Derby County. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles and Juan Mata were all preferred for the Red Devils. Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Mason Greenwood also played a part in United’s victory for their all-time leading goalscorer.


Read also: Paul Merson’s 5 bold predictions for the 2021-22 Premier League season

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