Key Man United trio absent as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad convene at Lowry Hotel before derby


A trio of key performers were nowhere to be seen this evening, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United squad was photographed convening at the Lowry Hotel.

City showdown

United are of course set to return to action in less than 24 hours’ time.

On the back of a crucial point secured versus Atalanta in the Champions League during the week, the Red Devils will now turn their attentions back towards matters on the domestic front.

Lying in wait? A first Premier League derby showdown of the campaign.

Solskjaer and co. are set to welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Old Trafford, hopeful of building on an impressive 3-0 victory at Tottenham last weekend.

Another 3-point haul this time round would ensure that, amid a season which has already been written off by many, United would climb level with their cross-town neighbours in 3rd in the English top-flight table.

Key Man United trio absent as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad convene at Lowry Hotel before derby

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Christiano Ronaldo of Manchester United scores his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 30, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Cavani amongst absentees

As outlined above, however, the hopes of Saturday’s hosts of making it two wins on the bounce in the Premier League, on Friday, have been dealt a potentially serious blow.

This comes after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad convened for their customary pre-match stay at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

As revealed by the reliable Manchester Evening News, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire, as expected, were all present, though the sidelined Raphael Varane was not, presumably remaining at home with his family.

And joining the Frenchman as notable absentees, in altogether concerning news for the United faithful, were the trio of Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof.

Key Man United trio absent as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad convene at Lowry Hotel before derby

Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Tuesday May 18, 2021. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/PA Images via Getty Images)

Stopper Lindelof was known to be a doubt for the derby, though boss Solskjaer revealed earlier today that he was ‘hopeful’ the Swedish international would recover in time to feature.

After being omitted from the latest Uruguay national team squad on Friday, Cavani’s participation too appeared to be thrown into doubt, amid claims of a fresh fitness problem.

Rashford’s absence, though, comes as the most surprising of the three, albeit with it noted that ‘it is possible he may have arrived separately’.

Manchester United’s squad to face City, based on those spotted at the Lowry tonight, is showcased below:

David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood


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