- Manchester United host Brighton in Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday
- Victor Lindelof may play after missing Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade
- Defender aggravated a foot injury against Bournemouth but is nearing fitness
Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof may be fit to play against Brighton this Sunday
Scott McTominay is also likely to be available after suffering injury against Partizan Belgrade
Having looked set to leave the club this summer, Marcos Rojo earned praise from his manager
Manchester United hope to have Victor Lindelof back from injury for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Brighton at Old Trafford.
The Sweden defender missed the Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade with a foot injury he aggravated in last weekend’s defeat at Bournemouth but is set to return.
United also expect Scott McTominay to be available after he also sustained a foot injury against Partizan. The midfielder confirmed that it wasn’t serious as he left Old Trafford on Thursday night.
That would leave Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes on the casualty list.
Asked about the team news for Brighton, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘Hopefully Scott, hopefully Victor as well. He hasn’t trained this week – it’s his foot.’
With Ashley Young suspended, young Brandon Williams could make his first Premier League start after he was an unused substitute in the 3-0 win over Partizan.
‘I’m not going to give the team out,’ added Solskjaer. ‘Ashley is suspended and I felt we needed a strong experienced team tonight.’
Marcos Rojo could also play on the left or continue alongside Harry Maguire in central defence if Lindelof is unavailable again after Solskjaer praised the Argentine’s performance against Partizan.
‘Marcos was excellent and has been since we started pre-season,’ he said. ‘He has played more than he expected and that’s why he’s still here. He’s a top-quality footballer with a winning mentality.
‘He’s got such a big heart and passion for football. The boys love him and he spreads fear sometimes in training with his tackles. He really cares about the game.’
Solskjaer accepts that the Premier League title is already beyond United in November with his team in 10th place in the table, 18 points behind leaders Liverpool. But he wants United to take their impressive cup form into the league, starting with Brighton on Sunday.
He said: ‘I don’t want to stop winning in cups because the Premier League trophy is out of our reach. We are too far behind the top teams. Any trophy you can get your hands on we are going to go for, but we need to improve our league form definitely.
‘We played Brighton quite early when I came in last year and I thought they gave us a really good game. I thought we were lucky to win.
‘They have loads of footballers who are comfortable on the ball. The last four games they’ve really turned a corner for me and are dominating teams, controlling games.
‘Even the defeat against Villa they were drawing that until the sending off (of Aaron Mooy). The last four I count as wins for them really. We’ve got to have loads of energy to go about pressing them because we can’t let them be confident here at Old Trafford.’