Manchester United team news and possible 26-man squad for first pre-season fixture

Man Utd are in pre-season friendly action on Sunday when they face Derby County at Pride Park in their first summer fixture


Manchester United begin their pre-season schedule on Sunday when they travel to face Derby County at Pride Park.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to give youth a chance for the first of five summer friendly matches as a number of key players enjoy a well-earned break after international involvement.

The absence of European Championship and Copa America stars should also give a number of United's fringe options the opportunity to impress as competition for places hot up ahead of the new campaign.

Nine of last season's academy set-up could be in line to feature in the opening match of pre-season with Will Fish, Di'Shon Bernard, Ethan Galbraith, Joe Hugill, Matej Kovar, Shola Shoretire, Dylan Levitt, Anthony Elanga and Hannibal all involved in first-team training this week.

Teden Mengi, who spent last season on loan with Wayne Rooney's Rams, could also feature as could fellow loanee James Garner after an impressive year in the Championship.

Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard and Facundo Pellistri could get the chance to impress ahead of potential departures this summer while Lee Grant, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic offer experience to an otherwise youthful side.

Nathan Bishop and Tahith Chong are both available for selection despite agreeing to leave on loan this summer while Tom Heaton could make his debut having signed as a free agent.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood should all feature having been involved in the first-team last summer.Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood should all feature having been involved in the first-team last summer.

Dean Henderson returned to training this week following a hip injury but is not expected to be rushed back into action, while Donny van de Beek is yet to return to training following his own injury setback. Anthony Martial is yet to return to Carrington.

Available players vs Derby: Bishop, Grant, Heaton, Henderson, Kovar; Bernard, Fish, Mengi, Tuanzebe, Telles, Wan-Bissaka, Williams; Galbraith, Garner, Hannibal, Levitt, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Pereira; Chong, Elanga, Greenwood, Hugill, Pellistri, Shoretire.

Source:https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/manchester-united-team-news-derby-21077111

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