Man Utd team news and predicted line-up: Rashford gives Solskjaer fitness boost before first game as permanent boss vs Watford

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MARCUS RASHFORD has given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a massive fitness boost ahead of his first game as permanent boss against Watford.

The United forward, 21, pulled out of England duty through injury but has shared a video of himself training himself from home.

Man Utd could welcome back Marcus Rashford from injury
Man Utd could welcome back Marcus Rashford from injury

Rashford undergoes some cardio drills before working with a weighted medicine ball in a clear sign to Solskjaer he is ready for Saturday’s game.

The Englishman is likely to start in the middle of an attacking trio, with Romelu Lukaku only rated as 50/50 to take on Watford.

The Belgian forward was ruled out of the international break and missed the FA Cup defeat at the hands of Wolves.

However, he was in lethal form prior to the injury, scoring six goals in just three games and Solskjaer will be keen to have him back on the pitch.

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RASH OR LUKAKU?

Nemanja Matic has also been battling an injury, but is likely to start against Watford – alongside Paul Pogba in the middle of the park.

The third and final midfield spot should be a straight toss-up between Fred and Andreas Pereira – while Jesse Lingard could come into the team after his own injury.

Fred struggled to make an impact under old boss Jose Mourinho, but is yet another player to have shown signs of improvement under Solskjaer.

However,  Pereira has often been given the starting spot under the Norwegian – and could have another crack at Old Trafford.

How Man Utd could line-up should Romelu Lukaku be fit to start
How Man Utd could line-up should Romelu Lukaku be fit to start


JONES OR SMALLING?

Meanwhile, there are issues to resolve in defence – with Luke Shaw likely to have recovered from injury in time to start.

Phil Jones is back to full fitness and could start alongside Victor Lindelof, but faces competition from Chris Smalling.

Ashley Young is likely to start at right-back with Diogo Dalot injured – but Antonio Valencia made his return from a knock with Ecuador midweek.

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