Man Utd players train ahead of first pre-season clash vs Derby with non-Euro 2020 stars pushing for first-team place

MANCHESTER UNITED players not involved at Euro 2020 have been training ahead of Sunday’s pre-season clash with Derby.

And a number are out to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they look to secure a place in his first-team squad this term.

The Red Devils saw a large number of stars compete at this summer’s tournament, including Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

Solskjaer’s Euro stars are now having a well-deserved rest as the new season kicks into gear.

And that has paved the way for fringe players and youngsters to share the stage with first-team aces who have already had their holiday.

Old Trafford aces including Mason Greenwood, Alex Telles and Juan Mata were all seen practising at United’s training ground.

Other familiar faces such as Nemanja Matic, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Dean Henderson and Axel Tuanzebe were also present.

The regulars were joined by players returning from loan spells, including Andreas Pereira, Tahith Chong and Di'shon Bernard, as well as new goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Meanwhile, there were also opportunities for academy graduates such as Joe Hugill, Ethan Galbraith, Anthony Elanga, Will Fish, Teden Mengi, Matej Kovar, Nathan Bishop and Shola Shoretire.

And each player will now be desperate to start when United travel to Derby’s Pride Park on Sunday for a friendly against club legend Wayne Rooney.


It has already been an eventful summer for the Red Devils, who will unveil Jadon Sancho this week.

The Borussia Dortmund winger has agreed a stunning £73million move to the Theatre of Dreams.

And Sancho looks set to make his first appearance in next month's friendly against Everton.

United are also hoping to strike a deal with Real Madrid for defender Raphael Varane.

The Frenchman only has a year left on his Bernabeu deal and is reportedly eager to move to England.

But United will go into the new campaign without talismanic forward Rashford.

He is set to undergo shoulder surgery at the end of the month, and could be out until October.

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