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Manchester United News Roundup: Duo injured till January, ex-Player gives a damning assessment of squad and more - 17th December 2020

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United
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Manchester United will head into the game against Sheffield United knowing three points could take them as high as 5th in the league table. The Red Devils also have a game in hand against Burnley.

Here is the latest from Old Trafford 17th December 2020.

Solskjaer confirms Manchester United duo will be out till January

Manchester United's defensive duo of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will be out till January. The Argentine was making his way back to full fitness but picked up a calf strain. 

Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea is helped up by Marcos Rojo of Manchester United.
Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea is helped up by Marcos Rojo of Manchester United.

Jones has been out since last season with a knee injury that required surgery. Edinson Cavani is unlikely to be risked for the game against Sheffield but will be available in subsequent games.

Manchester United are years away from a title challenge, says Andy Cole

Former Manchester United Number 9 Andy Cole feels that his former side are nowhere close to challenging for the title. Cole was a teammate of United manager Solskjaer in the late '90s.

Speaking about the Red Devils, Cole said:

"Manchester United are definitely not contenders for winning the Premier League this season. I still think the club are a few years away from realistically competing to win the title. I think the priority for Manchester United at the moment is to qualify for the Champions League and have a good cup run in domestic competitions."
"Qualifying for the Champions League has to become the norm and the minimal expectation again before the club can move forward. The best players want to play in the Champions League," Cole added.

Fred sets teammates Premier League title challenge 

Fred wants his teammates to achieve the consistency to win the Premier League. The Brazilian has quickly become one of the first names on the teamsheet in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side due to his industry. 

"We’re very close to the top of the table and we’ve got some big games coming up in December. If we can win all of them, we’ll be very close to the leaders at the top of the league or we could even take first place. So we’ll look to win every game and I’m certain our team will do everything to reach the top of the table and stay there," said Fred.
Edited by Ritwik Kumar
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