Solskjaer says Sancho could make Man United debut against Leeds

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints £73m man Jadon Sancho could make his Man United debut in season opener with Leeds but Raphael Varane’s move from Real Madrid has been held up by Covid quarantine

  • Manchester United open the new season at home to Leeds United on Saturday
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said new £73m signing Jadon Sancho will be involved
  • Sancho only reported for pre-season training at Carrington earlier this week
  • But Solskjaer said England winger’s fitness levels were better than expected
  • Raphael Varane’s £41m move from Real Madrid isn’t fully completed yet
  • Defender is in Manchester but quarantine has delayed deal being finalised 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Jadon Sancho could make his Manchester United debut in their Premier League opener against Leeds United on Saturday – but Raphael Varane’s move hasn’t yet been completed.

Sancho, the £73million arrival from Borussia Dortmund, has trained this week and could feature at Old Trafford despite Solskjaer saying it ‘could take some time’ for him to regain match sharpness.

But Varane’s £42m transfer from Real Madrid isn’t 100 per cent done as yet. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Jadon Sancho will be involved in Manchester United’s Premier League season opener against Leeds United on Saturday

Solskjaer welcomes £73m signing Sancho to training at United earlier this week and said the club’s staff had been impressed by his fitness levels 

Solskjaer said: ‘Jadon is going to be involved, definitely. He had a good week. 

‘Unfortunately he was ill after his holiday but we have had a good few days of training, he’s gelled with the group and been sharper than expected. I can’t say if he’ll start or not.’

He added on Varane: ‘He hasn’t trained with us and all the dots over the I’s and crossed the T’s aren’t done yet. Things always happen and take time.

‘Unfortunately with the [Covid] isolation, this has delayed things so it’s not 100 per cent done yet.

‘I can’t say he will be involved tomorrow, I can probably say he won’t be. The big hold-up was quarantine and isolation.

‘He’s been in Manchester and it will be done soon.’ 

Covid quarantine has held up the completion of Raphael Varane’s move from Real Madrid

Solskjaer said he had held discussions with Paul Pogba amid speculation he may move on

Man United fixtures 

All Premier League

Saturday Leeds United (H)

August 22 Southampton (A)

August 29 Wolves (A)

September 11 Newcastle United (H)

September 19 West Ham United (A)

September 25 Aston Villa (H)  

Solskjaer reiterated that Paul Pogba won’t be moving this summer as he enters the final year of his contract after interest from Paris Saint-Germain faded following their signing of Lionel Messi this week.

The United boss said: ‘He’s a Manchester United player. He has one year left on his contract.

‘Every discussion I have with Paul is a positive one. He knows what we want and hopefully it keeps on in the background and Paul and us together will make decisions.’

It was a similar message for suitors of United’s French forward Anthony Martial ahead of the final two weeks of the transfer window.

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if other teams target Anthony because he’s a very good player. But I have no plans for him to play against us.

‘He has come back strong and with a determination to prove his quality because last season was a disappointing one for him.

‘You can see the bit between his teeth.He has proven the doubters wrong so many times.’

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