Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to reporters on Friday ahead of his side’s Premier League season opener against Leeds.
Here is the best of what he had to say.
On Raphaël Varane
“He hasn’t trained with us. Things take time.
“Not 100 per cent done yet. He won’t be involved because he has not trained with us.
“The big hold up was the quarantine and the isolation – it will be done soon.”
On Jadon Sancho
“Jadon is going to be involved definitely. Good week, but was ill after his holiday.
“He has looked sharper than expected. Can’t tell you if he is going to start though.”
“We’ve had a good pre-season, the last couple of weeks have been really good with everyone back in.
“Even though we’re still missing a few players through injury and through COVID, we’re still feeling confident ahead of the game [on Saturday].
“Always pressure before every season.
“When you finish with pre-season one chunk of work is done. We have to get a good start.
“This club is about trophies, good football and we need to keep developing.
“The team looks hungry and we have done good business. First couple of games are always an unknown.”
On fans returning to Old Trafford
“Brilliant. It is fantastic.
“First game of the season would be fantastic (regardless). Our fans have been great, last time together was against City (March 2020).
“It will be amazing. We have waited long enough. That is going to be important.”
On Anthony Martial’s future
“I wouldn’t be surprised if other teams targeted Anthony because he is a very good player.
“Back strong and hungry to prove his quality. You can see that grit between his teeth again, he is up for the challenge. We are happy that we have him.”
On Paul Pogba’s future
“He is a Man United player, one year left on contract.
“Every conversation and discussion is a positive one. He knows what we want.”
On United’s title chances
“Well we have gradually closed the gaps.
“Nothing is beyond these players, I wouldn’t put it past them. It will need a very, very good season.
“You want to come to April and May and be in that.”