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It's crazy to think that the new Premier League campaign is right around the corner, but that's how quick the turnaround is nowadays.

Manchester United players reported back for pre-season training this week as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men prepare for the new season.

England stars Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and new signing Jadon Sancho, who is arriving from Borussia Dortmund, are still to join them after the Euro 2020 final, as well as the likes of Paul Pogba who took part in the tournament.

But the players who were back in action were keen to impress the manager with the slate wiped clean to a certain extent.

Here are five things we noticed from Friday's session at United's Carrington training base.

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground
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Greenwood steps up recovery

Mason Greenwood pulled out of England's provisional Euro 2020 squad in order to focus on recovering from an injury that has hampered him since March.

The 19-year-old was named in Gareth Southgate's 33-man squad, but took himself out of contention for the Euros before it was whittled down to 26 players.

And that rest has seemed to do him the world of good as he was back training with the squad today.

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The 19-year-old had a strong finish to the season, just like he did the year prior to that, but he was sluggish out of the blocks 12 months ago.

Greenwood will be looking to carry the momentum forward from last term and hopes the extra time to let his body heal will allow him to do so as he looks set to compete with Sancho for a place in the side.

Hugill and Shoretire look to stake claim

Shola Shoretire and Joe Hugill of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground
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Several youngsters will be hoping to stake a claim in Man Utd's starting XI this season and they know making a good impression early on in pre-season can make all the difference.

They'll be buoyed by Solskjaer's comments last season after he gave Shola Shoretire first-team minutes against Newcastle as he vowed to give kids a chance on merit regardless of their age.

He said at the time: "It’s important that our kids know that when they’re good enough, they're old enough.

"Shola has been training with us for a while, done really well and it was the next step for him. A few players went out on loan which made the path for him shorter.

"He is a boy we believe in. We wanted to give him a little taste of it (playing in the Premier League ).

"Of course the game was not done, still another six or seven minutes but he is a boy we believe in."

Shoretire appears to be ahead of the other academy prospects in the hierarchy but the likes of Joe Hugill be looking to leap ahead of him.

Both of them were in action during Friday's session as they hope to have a breakthrough season at Old Trafford.

Mata leads from the front

Juan Mata of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground
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Juan Mata was rumoured to be leaving United this summer but Solskjaer made it clear how important he is to the squad by offering him a new deal.

The experienced midfielder penned a one-year extension and will continue to be an important figure in the dressing room moving forward.

And with the majority of United's senior figures still to return from international duty, the Spaniard did his best to make up for their absence as he led a variety of the drills that the players took part in.

Mata set the tone right from the off and those leadership qualities are exactly why the club wanted him to stick around for longer.

Chong trains as he seals loan move

Tahith Chong of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground
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Tahith Chong trained with the squad despite sealing a loan switch to Birmingham City earlier today.

The youngster will join the English side until the end of the season as he looks to gain valuable first-team experience.

The club hopes to build on his development from last term as the Netherlands Under-21 international spent the first half of the last season with Werder Bremen, before making a January move to Club Brugge, where he won the Belgian First Division.

Chong will remain with United for the start of pre-season before joining up with the Blues at a later date ahead of their Championship campaign as he took part in Friday's session.

Matic blocks out transfer noise

Nemanja Matic of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground
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Some players will likely be leaving the club this summer, but nothing has been decided yet.

And that remains the case with Nemanja Matic who has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford.

The Serbian has been tipped to make the move to Roma as Jose Mourinho eyes a reunion with the midfielder following his appointment at the Serie A club.

But it was business as usual for Matic as he returned for pre-season. His future might be up in the air, but it's clear he will be a player that will remain professional until something is set in stone.

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