De Gea fit to face Canaries despite missing Europa League game – but Pogba still out for United
PUBLISHED: 08:59 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 October 2019
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Spain goalkeeper David De Gea will be fit for Manchester United’s trip to Norwich City on Sunday, despite being left out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for tonight’s Europa League game at Partizan Belgrade.
United's star keeper returned from international action with a muscle strain but played all of Sunday's 1-1 home draw with Premier League leaders Liverpool. Sergio Romero will play this evening though, with De Gea rested.
Paul Pogba's ankle injury continues to trouble him though and the World Cup winning midfielder is in Dubai for warm weather training as he recovers.
"David will be ready for Sunday but we didn't take a risk of travelling here with him," Solskjaer said. "Paul, no."
French forward Anthony Martial is part of the squad that travelled to Belgrade for the group stage match (5.55pm kick-off), but Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe remain out.
Left-back Shaw and midfielder Matic are expected to return from their training in Dubai at the weekend and could still be in contention for the trip to Norfolk on Sunday (4.30pm).
United are hoping to head to Carrow Road buoyed by a much-needed win, having last triumphed on the road against Paris St Germain in the Champions League in March.
"It's a question we've asked ourselves as well," Solskjaer said, after 11 successive winless away games. "Because after I came in we won nine on the bounce and since then we haven't won any.
"So, it's an issue we have to deal with, sort out as soon as possible. We've got four games away now on the trot, so hopefully those statistics will turn.
"Of course, I've watched many (Partizan) games in the lead-up here. I also watched them when they played Molde, which is my old team. Of course it was a game that I was following very closely."
Solskjaer also admitted he could do with a sharpshooter like England captain Harry Kane at United.
Sunday's 1-1 draw with in-form rivals Liverpool offered a chink of light after a miserable few months at Old Trafford.
The decision to let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez join Inter Milan without attacking reinforcements always looked risky and Anthony Martial's recent injury lay-off highlighted that issue.
Solskjaer still believes the decision to let the high-profile duo leave was right for the group, but the United manager has made no secret of his desire to sign an out-and-out striker.
Club great Roy Keane at the weekend claimed they should move for Tottenham star Kane - a suggestion put to the Norwegian ahead of the match against Partizan.
"Roy's quite straightforward, isn't he? For us, it's working hard. Getting Anthony back is going to be a massive boost for us and I'm sure when Anthony comes back that'll help Marcus (Rashford) as well," Solskjaer said, speaking to Press Association Sport.
"With the forwards we've got, with the pace and the skills, I'm looking forward to the next few weeks.
"There aren't many (Robert) Lewandowskis and Harry Kanes. They're like (Alan) Shearer, (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy - fantastic goalscorers.
"Ours are different types of players, but I have to say I like someone who can finish half a chance and he does that. He's one of the best, but he's a Tottenham player."
England attacker Jesse Lingard is available again, with youngsters Matej Kovar and Ethan Laird also in the squad.
United's travelling squad: Romero, Grant, Kovar, Jones, Laird, Lindelof, Maguire, Rojo, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Fred, Garner, James, Lingard, McTominay, Mata, Pereira, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford.