Exclusive Q and A with Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of Brighton 26 September 2020


Do you have any new fitness or injury concerns going into the weekend?
“No, not concerns. They’re getting better and fitter and sharper. We will get better and better and fitter and fitter. But we can’t wait and say ‘well, we’ll get fit in three weeks’ time’. We need to get going straight away.”

We saw shots of Axel Tuanzebe training this week – how’s he doing?
“He’s getting closer to training with the team. He’s on the grass and after the international break he should be fine to join us.”

It’s been a tough year for him hasn’t it…
“Definitely. During lockdown he was working hard, then as soon as we got going after the restart his foot was sore so he had to have an operation. Now he’s really raring to go again. I’m looking forward to getting him back.”

We saw James Garner go out on loan, Tahith Chong as well and Dylan Levitt and some others – how much of a close eye do you and the club keep on them and how important are these moves for them?
“Very important. For some of these lads it’s a first loan which is a daunting experience because you go straight into a different environment and you’ve got to perform straightaway. It’s not like the U23s where if you don’t win you’re not going to lose your job if you lose a game or two, but in the Championship and League One you’ve got to have results. It’ll help them a lot in their development and to get that maturity that they’ll need because the talent is there.”


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