Cape Town - Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are all
touch and go for Manchester United's trip to face Bournemouth on Saturday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “hopeful” of having all three
available, but Axel Tuanzebe, Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw are likely to remain
out until after the international break.
Rashford bounced back from his penalty miss at Norwich City
last Sunday to score from the spot in the Red Devils’ midweek Carabao Cup
victory at Chelsea – before winning the tie with a superb late free-kick.
“Since Anthony (Martial) has come back, Marcus has
flourished,” said Solskjaer, who is considering deploying the two together as a
“He’s probably happier facing goal and being direct, driving
at people, taking players on rather than being a target man with his back to
goal. I’m sure we’ll see more of him up front as a (number) nine, in a two with
Anthony (Martial), in a three like he did at Norwich or out wide as he did at
Meanwhile, Harry Wilson could be restored to the Bournemouth
Wilson was dropped from the team against Watford last week
after an ineffectual display in the clash with Norwich City on October 19, but
neither of the Cherries’ widemen covered themselves in glory at Vicarage Road.
That could open the door for the on-loan Liverpool star to
return, with manager Eddie Howe admitting the state of his options is similar
to last week.
David Brooks is not yet ready to return from an ankle injury
that required surgery in the summer and Junior Stanislas is still working his
way back to full fitness.
Howe mentioned “a couple of other little niggles” in his
squad, but “nothing too serious”, so there should not be any concern over
top-scorer Callum Wilson, who was substituted at Watford.
Dan Gosling has returned to training and is getting closer
to a first-team return, according to the Bournemouth manager.
“He brings us that eye for goal from midfield, that work
rate and desire he shows every time he plays. He’s a big player for us, we’ve
missed him,” said Howe.