Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to reveal who was fit ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday, but he is confident they will give the league leaders a “good game”.
The Norwegian has a lengthy injury list with doubts over Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw, while David de Gea and Paul Pogba have been ruled out.
Solskjaer did though have some positive news on De Gea and says his injury is not as bad as first feared.
“Of course I would like to tell you positive news hopefully we’ll see on Sunday who’s come through the last two sessions because there are players that just started training on the verge of coming back so can’t really say,” said Solskjaer at today’s news conference.
“I don’t expect him (De Gea) to play but wasn’t as bad as feared, when I saw the game I thought that’s him out until next international break but it’s not as bad as feared.
“Of course there’s been loads of players away but the mood here is always good.
“We’ve come a long way on what you call the culture, environment that we’re working in, it’s positive, the staff and players know when it’s Liverpool coming up it’s a game that’s gonna be watched by so many and when you sign for Manchester United this is the first one you look forward to against one of the main rivals and it’s a chance for them to… as I did, a couple of times, to get in the history books as I did.
“They’re doing well in the league that’s for sure but we’re looking forward to this game, perfect game for players and fans, we’ve had a tough time difficult time lately and I’m sure we’ll give them a good game.
“The mood in a football club is always affected by results but it’s been better than expected within here and people that you meet can see what we’re trying to do but winning games is the biggest thing, that breeds confidence it’s a determined bunch of players and club but you can’t say we walk around smiling all the time.”