Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an update on his squad ahead of the club's trip to Carrow Road to play Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday.
Speaking in Belgrade after United's 1-0 win over Partizan in the Europa League, Solskjaer said the return of players from injury allows him to be more versatile in terms of how he sets the team-up.
For the second match running, the Norwegian played with three at the back, even though he reverted to the traditional back four as the game wore on.
“I think injuries have made us get into the position where the performances didn’t come and we had fit center-backs, good center-backs, and quality center-backs,” Ole told reporters.
“It just made it easier to go to a back three against Liverpool and again in Serbia,"
“We’ve got Jesse [Lingard] back, who can play in a three in midfield and the players who played for us on Thursday, for example, Sergio [Romero] played in a World Cup final, Marcos Rojo played in a back three in a World Cup final and [Phil Jones] and Harry [Maguire] played in a semi-final. Jesse played in his position.
“It’s just injuries have made us go into this position but it’s working quite well.”
Despite the return of Jesse Lingard, Antony Martial, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, United might be without Paul Pogba, Axel Tuenzebe, Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw.
“We’re working very hard to get them fit and, hopefully, we can get them back soon,” Solskjaer added. “I’m not going to put a deadline on it but it won’t be long, hopefully.”
Solskjaer will also be hoping to get David de Gea back for the match, after sitting out of the Europa League clash against Partizan.
United are currently 14th on the table after nine matches and will be hoping to collect maximum points.