Manchester United could be without 11 key players during Crystal Palace opener

Manchester United could be without 11 key players during Crystal Palace opener

- Manchester United have a raft of players who may be unavailable for their EPL opener against Crystal Palace

- Axel Tuanzebe is sure to miss the tie as he continues his recovery journey of his long-term injury

- Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Eric Bailly are the other players who are major doubts for the Saturday, September 19, tie

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is staring at a possible squad selection headache ahead of Man United's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.

United had a delayed start to the season following their extended engagements in the Europa League last season.

Manchester United could be without 11 players for Crystal Palace Premier League opener

Manchester United have a raft of players who may be unavailable for their EPL opener against Crystal Palace. Photo: Getty Images.
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They are now due to kick off their new season with a home clash against Palace on Saturday, September 19.

The Red Devils will be keen to kick off their campaign on a winning note but could be forced to do it without a number of players.

Mirror UK citing Manchester Evening News reports Paul Pogba and Aaron Wan-Bissaka headline a list of players who could miss the match.

The pair, alongside Juan Mata, Fred and Eric Bailly only resumed training on Monday, September 14, while Bruno Fernandes returned only days before.

Phil Jones is fully fit but could be overlooked alongside Sergio Romero who is yet to return to training as he pushes for a summer exit.

Mason Greenwood is understood to be training in isolation having been booted from the England national team after he breached COVID-19 guidelines in Iceland.

Axel Tuanzebe is sure to miss the tie as he continues his recovery journey, while the pair of Victor Lindelof and Anthony Martial will first be assessed after their international duty for Sweden and France.

New signing Donny van de Beek is in contention for a starting role after he impressed during a pre-season friendly against Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Gareth Bale could be returning to the Premier League with latest reports that the player’s advisers are in talks with his former club Tottenham over a loan deal or a possible permanent switch.

Los Blancos wantaway is desperate to leave the Santiago Bernabeu amid interests from several England clubs including Manchester United.

The Red Devils will likely tender a bid for Bale if they fail in their bid to sign Jadon Sancho - and now chances of the former Tottenham star to return to England is even brighter.

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