📰 Early Man United team news for Manchester derby
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📰 Early Man United team news for Manchester derby

Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given some early news ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby away at Etihad. 

The Red Devils were forced to settle for a goalless draw away at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night and will be keen on closing the gap between them and the league leaders. 

Solskjaer made a number of changes for the match against Roy Hodgson's side, with Eric Bailly replacing Victor Lindelof at the heart of the United defence. 

The Swede has been struggling with a back problem in recent months and is now a doubt for Sunday's match. 

Speaking on Thursday, Solskjaer was optimistic he will have most of the absentees back. 

“Victor struggled with his back, you know when he plays on a Sunday night, that was a demanding game, he did really well and I didn’t want to play him if I didn’t have to and Eric is more than capable and he’s played really and he’s played really well tonight as well,” he said.

“So [I'll make a] decision on Sunday, I’m not giving [it] you now. Hopefully, Victor’s back is OK, [now] that he’s had that rest that he needs.”

David de Gea too missed the match and was replaced by Dean Henderson while Lee Grant was on the bench. 

He added: “I can’t really say about David, it’s, of course, a private matter. Dean is ready if he’s called upon.”

Anthony Martial was also missing from the starting lineup on Wednesday, with Solskjaer revealing he was carrying a knock. 

Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Phil Jones are the club's long-term absentees and will definitely miss the match at Etihad. 

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