Rashford set to make injury comeback in friendly clash

Manchester United are set to hold a behind closed doors friendly tomorrow, as per ESPN.

United have held friendlies at Old Trafford against Burnley and Stoke since the season began.

That has been to boost fitness after a disrupted pre-season and give injured players an opportunity to kickstart their return.

Results have been mixed; Burnley were dispatched 3-1 but Stoke won 4-3. But the result of the games hasn’t been important, it’s about building fitness and getting gametime.

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Rashford set to return

It was reported by the Athletic last month that United would organise another friendly this month to aid Marcus Rashford’s recovery.

That’s exactly what they’ve done, although the identity of the opponents is seemingly not known yet.

All the signs are that Rashford is ready to return against Leicester after the international break.

This game will be a good way for him to get some sharpness back and avoid throwing him in cold.

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Donny van de Beek is another player who needs a game. He’s been left out of the Dutch squad again and he is also set to play here.

Van de Beek will hope to impress Solskjaer, and with games coming thick and fast in the weeks ahead, he should get a chance.

One player who might find it harder to get a first team game anytime soon is Dean Henderson.

David de Gea is flying and United are now out of the EFL Cup, so it’s not clear where Henderson’s next competitive match will come from, but he is also set to play in the game tomorrow.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.