Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford should all be available for Manchester United’s visit to the Emirates Stadium, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the visit to North London, Solskjaer confirmed that only two of the usual first-team squad would be unavailable for the clash. He also explained why Luke Shaw missed the previous game but will be fine for this one.
He said (via Manchester Evening News): “He (Shaw) was ill, he just fell ill the night before. Smalling started training again so it’s only Rojo and Fellaini are the two I can’t call upon in this game.”
That means Marcus Rashford has also managed to shake off a minor knee injury he sustained in the clash with Brighton.
Rashford’s availability is clearly the biggest boost to United, as he’s scored in four of his last five games. However, the one game he failed to net a goal was the previous round of the FA Cup, so let’s hope he continues to draw blanks in the competition.
Shaw’s revival under Solskjaer has also been very important for United though. After missing the three league games immediately prior to Jose Mourinho’s sacking, including the match against Arsenal, he then started the next five. Clearly, Solskjaer isn’t so keen on alienating his best left-back, and the Englishman will likely start as a result.