Roma have signed Chris Smalling on a season-long loan from Manchester United, the Serie A club announced.

Smalling signed a contract extension at Old Trafford running until 2022 last December, three days before then-manager Jose Mourinho was sacked.

The 29-year-old continued to feature under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the arrival of Harry Maguire during the close season left him down the pecking order at centre-back.

He has consequently opted for a temporary move to Roma, who paid United €3million (£2.7m) to seal the deal.

"This is the perfect opportunity for me," Smalling said in a statement.

"The chance to experience a new league, with a big team that has got big aspirations is exactly what I needed.

"Hopefully I can hit the ground running. I'm looking forward to joining up with my team-mates."

Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi added: "We are pleased to bring a player like Chris, who has so much experience, to Roma. We are convinced he will help the growth of this squad and all the lads he plays alongside."

Like the similarly long-serving Phil Jones, Smalling has not managed a minute of first-team action this season, with Solskjaer preferring Axel Tuanzebe as back-up to Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Smalling has 31 caps for England but has not featured since June 2017, having fallen out of favour with national team boss Gareth Southgate.

Roma shared a thrilling 3-3 draw with Genoa on the opening weekend of the Serie A season.

Smalling was identified as the man to shore up a Roma defence shorn of the influential Kostas Manolas, who joined Napoli ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Alexis Sanchez trained with Inter for the first time on Friday, following the completion of his loan move from Manchester United.

Sanchez secured a return to Serie A on Thursday, having failed to live up to expectations after his arrival at Old Trafford in January 2018.

The 30-year-old has joined former United striker Romelu Lukaku at Inter and the duo were reunited as Antonio Conte's side prepared for their Serie A clash with Cagliari on Sunday.

It is unclear if Sanchez will be fit to feature, having not turned out for United throughout pre-season after sustaining an injury while on international duty with Chile at the Copa America.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has completed a medical ahead of his proposed loan move to Roma.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed a deal was close on Friday, with Smalling having travelled to Italy to finalise a transfer to the Stadio Olimpico.

Smalling made 24 Premier League appearances last season, though with Harry Maguire's arrival for a record fee, the 29-year-old has been allowed to leave, having not made an appearance so far this campaign.

The move now looks to be nearing completion, with Roma posting pictures of Smalling undergoing his medical on their official Twitter account.

Smalling's departure comes after Alexis Sanchez joined Roma's Serie A rivals Inter on loan, while Matteo Darmian is also set to sign for Parma, though the former Fulham centre-back could still have a future at Old Trafford, according to Solskjaer.

"There haven't been a lot of English players in Italy. I think he'll enjoy the experience and I'm sure he'll come back stronger and better for it," Solskjaer told a news conference earlier on Friday.

Europa League runners up Arsenal will face a tough test against Eintracht Frankfurt in this season's group stage, while Manchester United have been drawn against Astana, Partizan Belgrade and AZ.

Arsenal were thumped 4-1 by Chelsea in last season's final, but Unai Emery's side should be confident of progressing from Group F, which also includes Standard Liege and Vitoria Guimaraes.

United, winners in 2017, were placed in Group L, with fellow Premier League side Wolves going up against Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava in Group K.

Sevilla headline Group A, with Celtic and Steven Gerrard's Rangers both drawn in tough pools.

Europa League 2019-20 group stage draw in full:

Group A: Sevilla, APOEL, Qarabag, Dudelange.

Group B: Dynamo Kiev, FC Copenhagen, Malmo, Lugano.

Group C: Basel, Krasnodar, Getafe, Trabzonspor.

Group D: Sporting CP, PSV, Rosenborg, LASK.

Group E: Lazio, Celtic, Rennes, Cluj.

Group F: Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege, Vitoria Guimaraes.

Group G: Porto, Young Boys, Feyenoord, Rangers.

Group H: CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol, Ferencvaros.

Group I: Wolfsburg, Gent, Saint-Etienne, Oleksandriya.

Group J: Roma, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Wolfsberger.

Group K: Besiktas, Braga, Wolves, Slovan Bratislava.

Group L: Manchester United, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, AZ.

Manchester United will face trips to Kazakhstan and Serbia in the Europa League, while 2018-19 runners up Arsenal were grouped with last season's semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt. 

United, Europa League winners in 2016-17, were placed in Group L in Friday's draw and will take on Astana, Partizan Belgrade and AZ.

Though a long trip to Kazakhstan for the Astana clash is far from preferable and Belgrade will prove a difficult place to visit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be clear favourites to progress.

Arsenal were drawn in Group F, with Bundesliga side Frankfurt likely to present the biggest challenge to the Gunners, who must also take on Standard Liege and Vitoria Guimaraes.

Fellow Premier League club Wolves, making their first appearance in a major European competition since 1980-81, were handed encounters against Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava in Group K.

Five-time winners Sevilla should progress comfortably from Group A, which also includes APOEL, Qarabag and Dudelange.

Celtic were knocked out of Champions League qualification by Cluj and Neil Lennon's side will meet them once again in a tough Group E, where Lazio and Coupe de France holders Rennes join them.

Rangers were also dealt a difficult hand, with Porto, Feyenoord and Young Boys their opponents in Group G. Meanwhile, Group B has thrown up a derby between Sweden's Malmo and Copenhagen of Denmark.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give him a call if he is serious about returning to Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in an impressive first season at United in 2016-17 and said this week he would be happy to re-join the club if given the opportunity.

The departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez have left Solskjaer short of attacking options and Ibrahimovic, who has spent the past year and a half in MLS with LA Galaxy, opened the door for a second spell at Old Trafford.

"I could still play easily in the Premier League," said the 37-year-old. "If United need me, I'm here. But right now ­Galaxy have me and that's what I'm concentrating on."

Solskjaer responded by stating he would be happy to speak to Ibrahimovic - whose time at United was cut short by a serious knee injury - only to then pour cold water on the prospect of a sensational comeback because of concerns over the veteran striker's age. 

"Zlatan had a great time here and he's still doing well," Solskjaer said at Friday's news conference. "It's unfortunate he got his injury here when he did.

"Who knows? He knows my number! If he's serious, I'll always speak to Zlatan."

But further probed about the chances of Ibrahimovic being brought in later this season, Solskjaer added: "I don't think that'll happen. If he was 28 and not 38 [in a month] ... it's a big difference.

"I think he's had his time at the club."

Anthony Martial has been ruled out of Saturday's trip to Southampton with a thigh injury, leaving United with only Marcus Rashford and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood as their recognised centre-forward options.

Solskjaer stands by his decision to offload Lukaku and Sanchez to Inter, however, with the latter's season-long loan move finalised on Thursday.

"I think Alexis needed to go because he's been here for 18 months and it's not really worked out for him," he said. 

"For him as well to restart and get himself playing regularly, get himself scoring goals, that will only benefit everyone in the end.

"For us we are going to watch every weekend now to see Romelu and Alexis playing together."

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Chris Smalling is set to join Roma on loan with Matteo Darmian likely to follow him to Italy.

After falling out of favour at international and now club level, England centre-back Smalling will seek to rebuild his career in Serie A.

Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca has been on the hunt for a new defender since selling Kostas Manolas to Napoli.

Confirmation of the impending move comes a day after Alexis Sanchez joined Inter but, unlike the Chile international, Smalling could still have a future at Old Trafford.

"It just came up in the last couple of days," Solskjaer said ahead of Saturday's match against Southampton.

"We sat down and discussed it. At the moment we have six fit centre-backs and I couldn't guarantee regular football for Chris. He's on the plane over there.

"There haven't been a lot of English players in Italy. I think he'll enjoy the experience and I'm sure he'll come back stronger and better for it."

Another little-used defender, full-back Darmian, appears poised for a return to his homeland, but Solskjaer ruled out a possible departure for Marcos Rojo.

Neither player has made an appearance in the Premier League this season.

"I can see maybe Matteo [leaving]," the United manager said.

"There has been some interest in Matteo over in Italy.

"Marcos is staying, definitely. We have a squad now less in numbers but certainly big enough and strong enough."

Maybe, just maybe, the Neymar transfer saga is coming to an end.

The Brazilian's future has dominated the headlines over recent weeks as Barcelona try to re-sign the wantaway Paris Saint-Germain superstar.

With the September 2 deadline looming, Barca may have struck a deal…

 

TOP STORY – BARCA AND PSG REACH NEYMAR AGREEMENT

According to BBC Sport, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed terms on the value of Neymar.

The two clubs have reportedly settled on a figure of €200million for a player who left Camp Nou in a world-record €222m deal in 2017.

The LaLiga champions are also willing to offer Jean-Clair Todibo, Ivan Rakitic and Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan, though all three players still have to agree terms.

 

ROUND-UP

- According to Gianluca di Marzio, Atletico Madrid have made an enquiry for Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. However, the race seems to be between Napoli and Monaco, who are both reportedly prepared to pay €65million for the former Inter captain.

- A swap deal involving Keylor Navas and Alphonse Areola is close to completion. RMC says Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Areola has reached an agreement with Real Madrid. Marca, meanwhile, says Navas will sign a three-year deal with PSG.

Parma are confident of signing Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, says Alfredo Pedulla. Former Torino defender Darmian has been virtually non-existent at Old Trafford in recent months.

- Radio Marte reporter Dario Sarnataro claims Chelsea have offered Michy Batshuayi to Napoli. The 25-year-old striker has recently spent time on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

- Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is on the verge of moving to Roma on loan, according to widespread reports in Italy and England.

- Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is set to join Besiktas on a season-long loan, says Goal.com. The Egypt international only made 17 appearances last season. Il Messaggero, meanwhile, claims the Gunners and Tottenham are both monitoring Roma star Cengiz Under.

Eintracht Frankfurt board member Axel Hellmann wants last season's semi-finalists to be drawn against Manchester United in the Europa League group stage.

Bundesliga side Eintracht advanced to the group stage for the second successive season thanks to Thursday's entertaining 3-0 win at home to Strasbourg.

Eintracht lost the first leg 1-0 but the German outfit rallied to complete a 3-1 aggregate triumph in Frankfurt, where both teams were reduced to 10 men.

Led by Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller – who have since left for Real Madrid and West Ham – Eintracht reached the semi-finals last season before losing to Chelsea on penalties.

Premier League giants and 2017 Europa League champions United are in pot one for Friday's draw, while Eintracht are in pot two.

"We saw a drama-filled spectacle today," Hellmann said. "The atmosphere here is something special and it gives the players a second wind. It's hard to compare it to the Bundesliga.

"I'd like us to be drawn against Manchester United in the group stage. That would be a dream, just like playing Chelsea last season was."

An own goal from Strasbourg's Stefan Mitrovic in the 26th minute levelled the play-off tie on aggregate at Commerzbank-Arena.

Eintracht were dealt a blow on the stroke of half-time when star Ante Rebic was sent off, but the hosts still managed to prevail thanks to Filip Kostic's stunning free-kick and Danny da Costa after Dimitri Lienard saw red for Strasbourg.

"It's important for Eintracht Frankfurt to be in the draw," Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter. "The sense of unity between the fans, the coaching staff and the players is what got us through.

"Filip [Kostic] played brilliantly and showed just how valuable he is. Ante also had a very good game. Daichi [Kamada] deserves praise too." 

Patrice Evra said Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United, though he does not know how long the reported Real Madrid target will remain with the Premier League giants.

Pogba has been linked with a move away from United as Madrid and former club Juventus reportedly circle the French World Cup winner.

Madrid are keen to bring Pogba to the Santiago Bernabeu before the European transfer window shuts on September 2, though United are believed to want close to the world-record €222million fee Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017.

Earlier this month, Evra claimed Pogba does not feel loved in Manchester, though the former Red Devils left-back advised his countryman to stay at United.

"Paul is focused, Paul is in Manchester and he will stay in Manchester," said Evra, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League among other honours at Old Trafford.

"There have been discussions, but it's good for the club and it's good for him [that he stays]. Now we have to concentrate, we'll see over the years if he stays, but now it would be difficult for him to leave Manchester.

"Leaving at the end of the transfer window when the season has already started, no. I hope he will have a great season with Manchester.

"I'm not divided. Paul, he's my brother, so he's the best for me. If he's not happy in Manchester, I'll tell Paul to leave. If he's happy in Manchester, I'll tell him to stay. But to tell you the truth, I would advise him to stay."

Pogba and United have experienced a mixed start to the season, with a win, draw and loss from their opening three Premier League matches.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United routed Chelsea 4-0 in their opening before drawing at Wolves and losing to Crystal Palace last week.

United, who will be without injured pair Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, are away to Southampton on Saturday.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes Harry Maguire can help lead Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League.

Maguire replaced Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk as the world's most expensive defender when he left Leicester City for United before the Premier League transfer window closed.

Not since Alex Ferguson's final season in 2013 have United won the Premier League but former defender Pique backed Maguire to help the Red Devils challenge for silverware.

"It happened before with Van Dijk and before about 10 years ago with Rio Ferdinand [when he joined United from Leeds]," Pique told Express Sport.

"Culturally they invest a lot in good defenders and Harry Maguire is a great defender.

"I hope that they can be at the top again. Manchester United in the last few years they have been fighting to qualify for the Champions League but they have to be trying to win the Premier League.

"I hope with this signing they can return to the top."

United have experienced a mixed start to the 2019-20 campaign in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first full season as manager.

After routing Chelsea 4-0 in their Premier League opener, United drew at Wolves before suffering a shock defeat against visiting Crystal Palace last week.

Pique spent four years at United – where he was in the same squad as Solskjaer – before returning to boyhood club Barcelona in 2008.

The 32-year-old Pique, who won the Premier League and Champions League during his time at Old Trafford, was asked about Solskjaer and he added: "I saw him last year in the Champions League tie and I think he's a great lad and a great guy.

"He is doing a very good job at Manchester United, let's see this season how it goes for him and the team."

Alexis Sanchez will attempt to put a forgettable start to his Manchester United career behind him after joining Inter on loan.

The Chile forward just never managed to find form and fitness after leaving Arsenal and has gone to Italy in a bid to revitalise his career.

It's safe to say United have not had a particularly good record when it comes to getting the best out of South American stars - although there have been a few exceptions.

Below, we rank the players from that continent to turn out for the Red Devils in competitive matches...

 

18. Rodrigo Possebon (2008-10)

Possebon squeaks onto this list as a Brazil-born player, even though he represented Italy at youth level.

Signed by United from Internacional in 2008, he mustered three league appearances before a fruitless loan to Braga and then a return to Brazil. He last played for Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

 

17. Radamel Falcao (2014-15)

Falcao, the man who tore through defences for fun with Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, looked as though he had practically forgotten how to play football when he pulled on the red shirt at United, even if he did manage four goals in 26 Premier League appearances.

Just to rub it in, he returned to Monaco in 2016 and promptly became brilliant again.

16. Kleberson (2003-05)

A World Cup winner snapped up for approximately £6.5million - what could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything, it turns out.

Kleberson played 20 league games between 2003 and 2005 before being shipped out to Besiktas.

 

15. Guillermo Varela (2013-17)

Becoming David Moyes' first signing was probably never going to work out for the best.

Varela spent four years at United, two of which saw him leave on loan, before he went to Penarol to get his career back up and running. He now plays for Copenhagen.

 

14. Fred (2018-)

Like Sanchez, Fred was said to be a man coveted by Manchester City only for United and Jose Mourinho to get in the way. Like Sanchez, the £47m midfielder has proved to be a redundant presence in the squad, apparently not valued by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Unlike Sanchez, it looks as though Fred will get longer to prove his worth to the manager.

13. Alexis Sanchez (2018-19)

He had some moments - the winner in the comeback against Newcastle United, the FA Cup strike against old club Arsenal - but they have not exactly justified the reported basic wage of £300,000 per week.

Sanchez will hope to rekindle his career alongside good friend Romelu Lukaku at Inter - another player who could not convince Solskjaer of his worth.

 

12. Anderson (2007-15)

A combative, hard-working presence in the United midfield, Anderson seemed to have a peculiar habit of kicking the ball as hard as possible regardless of whether he was shooting from 35 yards out or passing to a team-mate behind him.

He certainly got a huge medal haul – seven major trophies in eight years, no less – but his crowning achievement at Old Trafford was having a song to the tune of Black Lace's 1984 hit 'Agadoo'. And, yes, he was better than Kleberson.

 

11. Angel Di Maria (2014-15)

His audacious lob against Leicester City showed the sort of quality he could offer United as a then-British record signing (£60m, according to reports). Sadly, in that same game, United collapsed to lose 5-3 and Louis van Gaal seemed to lose all faith in attacking football of any kind.

Di Maria never seemed to gel with Van Gaal, nor did he ever settle in Manchester, and he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a loss within a year. He has, of course, been exceptional in France.

10. Juan Sebastian Veron (2001-03)

Veron is another expensive Argentina star who scored a memorable goal in a 5-3 game for United - on that occasion, it was when they came from 3-0 down to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Veron was a good example of the right player signed at the wrong time. United still had great quality in midfield in 2001, when Veron joined from Lazio; within a couple of years, that strength in depth had evaporated, and the world's most right-footed footballer would have been a welcome addition.

 

9. Fabio (2008-14)

Whether or not he really was the most talented of the Da Silva twins, as was claimed, Fabio was certainly not the most effective in his Old Trafford career.

Although a full-back by trade, Fabio made two rather decisive appearances in midfield for United. One was in a 2-0 FA Cup victory over Arsenal, when Alex Ferguson somehow pulled off a win with Fabio, Rafael, Darron Gibson and John O'Shea as the central four; the other was during a 3-2 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers on New Year's Eve in 2011, a match that convinced Paul Pogba he had no immediate future at the club.

 

8. Andreas Pereira (2011-)

A Brazil international born in Belgium, Pereira had a long wait to break into United's first team on a regular basis. Many supporters are still wondering when he will justify the patience.

The midfielder has talent, for sure, but whether he has enough to become a mainstay over the coming years remains to be seen. Solskjaer appears to be a big fan, so 2019-20 could be a crucial season for his development.

 

7. Diego Forlan (2002-04)

Forlan's best days were certainly after he left Old Trafford, when he would become a fine forward for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid. He retired this month to a general hum of respect and admiration.

United fans will always remember him for a winning double against Liverpool in 2002, but his talent was just a little too raw for him to establish himself in the north west.

6. Marcos Rojo (2014-)

Injuries, including serious knee damage, and a proclivity for a reckless challenge or two have dogged Rojo's past couple of seasons and may leave many wondering why he is so high in this list.

Well, it's easy to forget the important part he played in Mourinho's first season, when United won the EFL Cup and Europa League. Such was his determination to run through the proverbial brick wall for his boss, he asked for a banana to give him an energy boost while playing in the last-16 win over Rostov.

 

5. Rafael (2008-15)

A popular figure like his brother, Rafael simply offered more quality and consistency in the United team, his best season coming as first-choice right-back when they last won the league in 2012-13.

Van Gaal was not a big fan, so he was sold to Lyon in 2015, with whom he signed a new contract in May.

4. Gabriel Heinze (2004-07)

Although he was a touch heavy-handed with challenges at times - he really did like to lead with his elbows when jumping for headers - Heinze was an excellent player for United despite his second season being ruined by a major knee problem.

In fact, he would likely have stayed for longer had his place not been usurped by Patrice Evra, who was signed as cover following that injury.

 

3. Sergio Romero (2015-)

Okay, he has not played as often as others on this list, but Romero has essentially established himself as the most accomplished back-up goalkeeper in the world at United.

Hugely dependable when called upon, he was also first choice in the successful Europa League campaign of 2016-17 and kept a clean sheet in the final against Ajax.

 

2. Antonio Valencia (2009-19)

Some fans lost patience with him in his final few months, when he seemed to be phased out of the squad by Solskjaer with little explanation, but Valencia had a commendable career at United after joining from Wigan Athletic in 2009.

His decade at Old Trafford yielded two Premier Leagues, two EFL Cups, an FA Cup and a Europa League, as he marauded down the right flank as a wide midfielder and later as a first-rate converted full-back. He was the club's Players' Player of the Year twice, in 2011-12 (as a winger) and 2016-17 (as a defender).

1. Carlos Tevez (2007-09)

He's not exactly the most popular man in the red half of Manchester given his move to City in 2009, but even the angriest of Red Devils cannot deny Tevez's impact.

He spearheaded an attack containing Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo - one of the most fearsome United have ever had - and led Ferguson's side to two Premier Leagues, an EFL Cup, a Club World Cup and the Champions League in just two years.

Alexis Sanchez's Manchester United nightmare has come to a temporary end after he joined Serie A side Inter on loan.

Neither club confirmed if there is a purchase option included in the deal, which was announced on Thursday.

Inter were keen to land Roma striker Edin Dzeko before he extended his contract with the capital club and the Nerazzurri then turned to Sanchez, who returns to Italy after leaving Udinese for Barcelona in 2011.

There were high hopes for Sanchez at United following his arrival from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018 – a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Gunners.

However, Chile international forward Sanchez failed to make an impact at Old Trafford, where injuries and poor form contributed to a miserable spell.

Sanchez only managed five goals in 45 appearances across all competitions, with three of those strikes coming in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old, who featured at the Copa America, did not make an appearance for United in 2019-20, having not taken part in any pre-season fixtures following his international commitments with Chile.

Sanchez will become the fifth Chilean to play for Inter, following in the footsteps of Ivan Zamorano, David Pizarro, Luis Jimenez and Gary Medel.

Alexis Sanchez has wished Manchester United good luck for the 2019-20 season ahead of completing an expected move to Inter.

Sanchez flew to Milan this week for a medical and an announcement for his season-long loan deal is thought to be imminent.

Inter are reportedly not paying a loan fee to United, though the Nerazzurri will contribute towards the forward's wages.

"Good luck boys for the rest of the season," Sanchez posted on Instagram alongside two photographs of him with United team-mates.

Sanchez struggled to make an impact at United after joining from Arsenal in January 2018 and fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He only scored three Premier League goals for the club and has been allowed to depart despite United's lack of attacking options.

Solskjaer will only have Marcus Rashford and teenager Mason Greenwood available to face Southampton at the weekend as Anthony Martial is injured.

Sanchez will reunite with another former United forward Romelu Lukaku at Inter, who scored on his Serie A debut for against Lecce in a 4-0 win.

Manchester United will be without left-back Luke Shaw and forward Anthony Martial for Saturday's Premier League meeting with Southampton.

Both players suffered injuries in last weekend's surprise 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace and have been ruled out of the trip to St Mary's Stadium.

Shaw was replaced by Ashley Young after injuring his hamstring in the first half and in-form attacker Martial, despite completing the full 90 minutes, hurt his thigh and had to limp through the closing stages.

United also confirmed on their official website on Thursday that Diogo Dalot will sit out on this weekend's match, while Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are long-term absentees.

Another player seemingly certain to miss out for United is Alexis Sanchez, who arrived in Milan on Wednesday ahead of his expected loan move to Inter.

It would leave manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with only Marcus Rashford and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood as his recognised centre-forward options for the game on England's south coast.

United have four points from their first three Premier League games and are fifth in the table.

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