Three things were observed in Manchester United training as a January signing were involved ahead of Manchester City.
Man United began training again earlier today in preparation for the Manchester derby on Saturday.
The focus at Carrington has quickly shifted from Tuesday’s Carabao Cup victory against Charlton Athletic to Saturday and a huge Manchester derby.
United visit Manchester City at Old Trafford today lunchtime, knowing that a win brings them within one point of their opponents and right into the title race. The sides had diametrically opposed fates in midweek, with Pep Guardiola’s side ousted from the cup by Southampton and no doubt looking for a rapid rebound.
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Erik Ten Hag will have had only three full days between games. Despite having a day more than City, he has little time to prepare his team for such a critical encounter. However, the Dutchman was able to prepare his team both physically and tactically earlier today, and MEN Sport has had a look at training to see what was noticed ahead of tomorrow’s derby-day encounter.
Jack Butland was spotted with the first-team squad during today’s training session, exactly a week after his arrival at United was disclosed. Following Martin Dubravka’s return to Newcastle United, the 29-year-old joined the Red Devils on loan from Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season.
Butland arrived at Manchester to serve as David De Gea’s backup, fighting with Tom Heaton and Nathan Bishop for a spot behind the Spanish goalkeeper. While he was left out of the team for the midweek match against Charlton, where Heaton started, the former England international might be named to the bench on Saturday.
Following the announcement that Diogo Dalot would not be available for Saturday’s encounter, Aaron Wan-Bissaka appears ready to make his fourth Premier League start of the season. The Portuguese right-back was taken out in the 35th minute as a ‘precaution,’ with Ten Hag admitting that he will not be fit.
Wan-Bissaka was back in training today after coming on as a substitute against Charlton. The 25-year-old was supposed to be departing this month, but a good run of form has snuffed out any interest, and another great performance against City might see him stay. Reintroduce the Englishman as a first-choice candidate.
every window, which is what we’re aiming for.”