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Solskjaer assesses Manchester United return for Anthony Martial

Sat 07 August 2021 | 16:31

In an easy 4-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford, Manchester United gave Anthony Martial 45 minutes, who has been sidelined since March 21 due to injury.

The Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Martial's situation was "better than what you fear".

Solskjaer has told the official website: "

Anthony has had a bad spell with injuries, of course these were his first 45 minutes

"He’s been training well with us but as players who’ve been out for a while, they need some more sharpness, need some more work. 

"He tried to do the right thing; it didn’t come off all the time, but it’s better than what you fear sometimes when he’s been injured for five months – since March."

United did very well in this transfer window and brought

Jordan Sancho

and

Rafael Varane

to Old Trafford, which the fans have been waiting for a long time.

Solskjaer added: "

The medical with Raphael [still] has to be done. He’s isolating at the moment

"He had to wait for visas, so unfortunately that took a few more days than expected but we’re going to follow the protocols and the rules, so it’s taken a few more days than we hoped for. 

"Jadon is in for Monday and hopefully then he’s in decent nick and can be involved [against Leeds]."

Solskjaer hopes to get off to a strong start in the league but also acknowledged that Covid-19 has disrupted many plans. 

Dean Henderson

 is recovering from a period of coronavirus infection, while

Jesse Lingard

is now in quarantine after testing positive.

Solskjaer said:

"Jesse, he feels okay, and hopefully it’ll stay that way, but when you get the positive test you’ve got to isolate even if you’re feeling well

"Dean, he was positive early on and then he’s negative in his testing [now] but he’s not felt as energised or sharp as he has done. 

"So he’s still fatigued and feeling the after effects so you never know, you’ve seen so many effects of this virus so he’s got a few days still to rest and then we’ll check up on him."

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