PAUL POGBA and Marcus Rashford have handed Manchester United a double boost after they were included in the squad to face Arsenal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pictured in a buoyant mood after arriving at The Lowry Hotel ahead of the crucial clash despite questioning Ed Woodward's decision to release a statement on the club's future.
8 Paul Pogba gave the thumbs up after he came through injury fears to be fit to face ArsenalCredit: Zenpix
8 The Frenchman arrived at The Lowry Hotel sporting a personalised washbag with his own face onCredit: Zenpix
8 Marcus Rashford was another injury doubt for Manchester UnitedCredit: Zenpix
8 Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared in high spirits ahead of the Arsenal gameCredit: Zenpix
The Norwegian had also said that he "wouldn't put my life" on Rashford regaining fitness to face Arsenal, but the 21-year-old came through fitness tests at Carrington on Monday morning.
The England striker limped off during the defeat at West Ham eight days ago and was a huge doubt for the game against Unai Emery's men.
But Rashford reported to The Lowry alongside World Cup winner Pogba, who picked up an ankle injury in last week’s Carabao Cup tie with Rochdale.
The French international was forced to miss a team bonding meal arranged by David de Gea after the midweek game but is now expected to take his place in midfield alongside Scott McTominay.
Pogba arrived at the team hotel in typical signature style, as he sported a personalised MCM Worldwide Washbag that sported his own face on it.
The 26-year-old had a similar custom bag with his likeness and national team number ahead of France's World Cup win in Russia last year.
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Solskjaer still has to contend with the continued absence of Anthony Martial with a thigh strain, while there was also no sign of Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Luke Shaw.
Should he not link up with the squad in time for kick-off, Marcos Rojo could come in at left-back, with Ashley Young taking the former Crystal Palace defender's place on the right.
While Mason Greenwood will still be hoping to be named as the focal point of attack against Arsenal despite Rashford's early return from the sidelines.
"It might be," Solskjaer replied when asked if the 17-year-old could retain his place.
"Because he's proven when he's been on the pitch, in the last two games he started against Astana and Rochdale, when you get him in the box he's dangerous.
"What's pleased me about him in the period we're in is he doesn't turn down chances to finish, when you're not 18 yet and you keep trusting yourself, he gets the chances.
"So I'm not worried about him at all but we've managed him, we can't just throw him in at the deep end all the time, so he's proved in those games he's ready for it, now Premier League? I'll have the weekend to think about it."
United have won just two of their opening six league matches and are already a massive 13 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool.
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Following a difficult start to the season, Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward stressed that "it's important that we're patient while Ole and his team build for the future".
But Solskjaer admitted the public statement was unnecessary: "I'm not sure if it was needed.
"But it was that time that he had his annual earnings.
"Of course, I've had loads of conversations with the board and the club and how we're seeing this, moving forward.
"What it says in the press, I don't worry too much about."
8 Mason Greenwood had hoped to retain his place in the United teamCredit: Zenpix
8 Marcos Rojo may be given a chance to impress after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was a no-showCredit: Zenpix
8 Ashley Young is expected to feature at Old TraffordCredit: Zenpix
8 Brandon Williams is another option and is hopeful of retaining his squad placeCredit: Zenpix