Four things spotted in Manchester United training before Sheffield United fixture

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Man Utd squad have been preparing themselves for their next challenge on the road in the Premier League. Manche...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Man Utd squad have been preparing themselves for their next challenge on the road in the Premier League.

Manchester United have been hard at work this week preparing for their Premier League clash with Sheffield United.

United travel to the Steel City on Thursday night for a game that looks winnable, given the Blades' dismal league form this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have won every away game in the league this season too, and will be looking to build on their 0-0 draw with Manchester City at the weekend.

The squad were pictured training earlier in the week and here are four things we spotted in the latest United open training session:

Pogba and Fernandes in talks

Paul Pogba continues to dominate headlines around United after the latest set of comments from his representative Mino Raiola.

The notorious agent clarified some earlier quotes and said Pogba would leave United in the summer rather than January, which means Solskjaer must harness the Frenchman's talents under the end of the season.

Pogba, to his credit, has played decently in his past three performances to United, scoring against West Ham and RB Leipzig, and he again looked focussed in training.

He was pictured deep in conversation with fellow midfield talent Bruno Fernandes on the training ground. The pair remain a dangerous combination for United and it seems they get along well, despite different intentions about their futures at the club.

Forgotten men

It has been a while since United fans last saw Odion Ighalo or Eric Bailly start a game. For different reasons, the duo have become forgotten men at Old Trafford, despite being eligible for selection now in the Premier League.

But while Ighalo looks to be heading towards the exit door when his loan from Shanghai Shenhua expires in January, this winter could witness another rebirth for Bailly. The centre-back department is not stacked with options at United now, since Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are both unavailable and surplus to requirements.

Bailly could get his chance again if he continues to train well.

Under the lights

The last time United went to Bramall Lane for an evening game against Sheffield United, they wilted. It was a chaotic and riotous evening in South Yorkshire when the two sides played out a 3-3 draw, though United were outfought for much of the game.

Given the current form of Chris Wilder's side and the lack of supporters, it's unlikely to be that kind of occasion again.

But Solskjaer clearly wants his players to get used to playing under the lights, staging a late afternoon training session in the dark at Carrington. Plenty were wrapped up warm.

New kit

The more eagle-eyed United fans will have also noticed the recent change of training kit at Carrington,

United are sporting orange tops these days in training, though they'll likely be wearing their greyish-green away shirt against the red, white and black of Sheffield United this Thursday.

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