Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued an update on Amad Diallo and Eric Bailly’s return to training.

The pair were involved with Ivory Coast at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where they were eliminated by Spain in the quarter-finals.

Speaking to the club website, Solskjaer said both players should be back in training soon.

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“Eric and Amad are also in the country waiting to get the all-clear to join the team again,” he said.

“They’ve had a very exciting summer of course, been in the Olympics [and] played games before that as well, so they should be fit before they come.”


There was also an update on Edinson Cavani, who was granted an extended break before returning to Manchester yesterday.

“Edi is in the country, he’s just finishing off his isolation period,” said Solskjaer. “He’s had a little bit of extra time for personal reasons.”

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Amad could have played a big part in United’s pre-season if he’d been around. It would have been his first at the club, having arrived in January.

He did get a great opportunity to represent his country on the global stage, and as Solskjaer said, was playing competitive football so he should return match fit.

Now, there is a decision over whether to send him out on loan or not, but maybe Solskjaer will want him back in training before making that call.

Bailly now looks to be United’s fourth-choice central defender after the signing of Raphael Varane, but as ever, the goal for him will be to put together an injury-free season.

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