FA Cup: Lukaku, Sanchez to start against Reading, Pogba out

Mark Dempsey observes training alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United's Aon Training Complex

Mark Dempsey observes training alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United's Aon Training Complex

Solskjaer says Pogba is now a major doubt to take on Reading tomorrow and it seems unlikely United will risk the midfielder in the FA Cup clash.

"We have fantastic and insane fans here so they support us everywhere, and of course we would like to pay them back with wins".

With the way they are playing right now, you could forgive Manchester United's players a few days on Dubai's beaches under the warm winter sunshine.

It was Rashford's "knuckleball" style free-kick that caused Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to spill the ball straight into the path of substitute striker Lukaku, who for the second game in succession scored within two minutes of coming onto the field. That was my last game, we lost an FA Cup final [against Chelsea in 2007].

"I've had him [as a direct influence] for 15 years, so obviously he's influenced me in the 15 years before [more] than he has in the last week", Solskjaer told reporters.

Sanchez endured a torrid 2018, scoring just four goals in 30 appearances after his lucrative January transfer from Arsenal, but Solskjaer believes the Chilean will fit perfectly into his plans.

Solskjaer has lifted the mood at Old Trafford with four straight wins.

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Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly and Roma's Kostas Manolas have now been linked with moves to Old Trafford, however, Solskjaer is not anticipating new arrivals in January.

"So, it's up to you [the media] to probably rate me if I'm up to the level, but I'm definitely enjoying my time back home".

Take one glance at the photo and the most obvious caption that comes to mind is one relating to Pogba telling Shelvey - or a certain former manager - where to kiss, but that is not the only layer to this post. 'And you don't be the player he has been and stay at the club for as long as he did if you don't have a determination, that steeliness.

The only real negative so far for Solskjaer has been the failure to keep a clean sheet, with United having conceded 32 goals already this season, the most of the top 11 in the Premier League table and five more than 15th-placed Newcastle. But with the players and managers I've learned from along the way I hope I could give something back.

Liverpool manager Adam Lallana is set to dump the Merseyside club this month after failing to get much game-time this season.

"I think Nemanja [Matic] and me, or the other players, we have to help him to make him feel free and that's what we're doing".

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