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Manchester United won’t force players to return

Manchester United won't force players to return

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There is no doubt football fans across the world are excited about the possibility of the English Premier League opening up soon but Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer won’t force cautious players back if they do not feel it is safe to do so.

In a Sky Sports interview, Solskjaer said “You wouldn’t hold anything against them. You need to get to know everyone and if a player is mentally ready to play. I don’t think we could force anyone.

“They’ve not raised too many concerns, and we trust the experts who know if and when it’s safe to start again.”

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is among those who have raised concerns about restarting football while the country is still in a government-imposed lockdown to stop the spread of the outbreak.

The stoppage of play did give two injured United stars time to rest and recover. Updating Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford‘s injury status, Solskjaer said:

“For those two it gives them a chance to start on a par or even ahead of the other players,” Solskjaer added.

“They have been focused, so mentally it’s maybe easier for them to train harder now because they can see light at the end of the tunnel.

“It’s exciting. We do have an exciting squad. Bruno [Fernandes] coming in and making an impact is great for everyone, it was a boost for the club. Getting Pogba and Marcus back would be fantastic.”

The Premier League has a tentative plan to resume in June with players returning to training later this month.