Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the leadership qualities of perfectionist Bruno Fernandes as the midfielder prepares for his first taste of the Manchester derby.

Manchester United host rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday buoyed by a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Portugal international Fernandes has been key to this resurgence, supplying two goals and as many assists in four Premier League outings since moving for an initial £46million from Sporting CP in January.

The 25-year-old arrived with an established reputation for prolific goalscoring from midfield and Solskjaer believes the continuation of this form speaks well of the player's character.

"I like to see that in a player, he doesn't change coming into a new team. He's the same as he was at Sporting," he said.

"That's a boy with confidence, with quality, good form and that's his personality. Everyone should be themselves.

"He's come in as a leader and he's shown he's a leader. He's a winner. He doesn't take 99 per cent as good enough."

United have beaten their neighbours twice at the Etihad Stadium this season, claiming an authoritative 2-1 Premier League triumph in December before eking out a 1-0 EFL Cup win a month later.

That was not enough to progress to the final of a competition City won for a third consecutive season last weekend, however, given Pep Guardiola's men ran out 3-1 semi-final first leg winners to extend an excellent recent record at Old Trafford.

In pursuit of his club's first top-flight derby win on home soil for almost five years, Solskjaer will hope to have captain Harry Maguire available alongside right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Daniel James.

Maguire sat out Thursday's 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round victory at Derby County after rolling his ankle in training, while Wan-Bissaka injured his back in last Sunday's 1-1 draw at Everton that James missed with an unspecified knock.

"I hope [they will be fit] but none of them have been training yet since the last game. We've got to look at them on Saturday because Friday is a recovery day," Solskjaer explained.

On Maguire, he added: "It's touch and go because he rolled and twisted his ankle. Hopefully he'll recover quickly. I hope he'll be fit, yeah."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Paul Pogba will be back in full training next week but is unsure when the midfielder will make his Manchester United comeback.

The France midfielder has been out since out the Boxing Day victory over Newcastle United after undergoing ankle surgery.

United boss Solskjaer stated on Wednesday that Pogba is closing in on a return amid constant speculation over the World Cup-winner's future.

"Paul is still working with the physios outside, he won't be training with the first team until next week, so then let's see how long it will take," Solskjaer said.

"But he'll need some time to train to get his fitness back."

Solskjaer will be unable to call upon winger Dan James (back) for the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Derby County on Thursday, while right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka could miss out due to a knock.

"Dan James, Marcus [Rashford] and Paul are still out and I think Aaron might be struggling, he's had a test today but he struggled in the last game against Everton, so he might be out," said the United manager.

The Norwegian gave nothing away when asked if Sergio Romero, the regular goalkeeper in cup competitions, would replace David de Gea when United come up against their record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

De Gea's blunder gifted Dominic Calvert-Lewin the opening goal in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Everton on Sunday, but Solskjaer felt he redeemed himself with a save soon after his early howler.

Asked if Romero would start, he said: "It's not a given. Sergio has done well in the games he's played but I have no qualms about playing David in every game, because what he's done and his performances I think have been great.

"The save, just after [the mistake], I was 100 per cent sure he was offside, Calvert-Lewin, but he wasn't, so that was a point-saving save for us, so he's making amends."

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been rewarded for his brilliant display up against Raheem Sterling in the Manchester derby, earning inclusion in FIFA Ultimate Team's latest Team of the Week.

Manchester United claimed a fine 2-1 win at the home of the champions on Saturday, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial getting the goals.

But arguably just as vital was the performance of Wan-Bissaka at right-back, as the England Under-21 international played an integral role in nullifying Sterling, one of the Premier League's form players.

Wan-Bissaka completed a match-high five tackles – one a last-ditch challenge to deny Sterling what looked set to be a certain goal – and also made seven clearances.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane is back in the TOTW for the second time, while Serie A's chief creator Luis Alberto lines up in midfield having set up another two goals in Lazio's 3-1 win over Juventus, taking his campaign tally to 11, five more than anyone else in the competition.

Unsurprisingly there is also a place in the team for Real Betis' Joaquin after he became the oldest player in LaLiga history to score a hat-trick, while Memphis Depay and Marco Reus lead the line.

Below, we take a look at the latest squad in full.

FUT TEAM OF THE WEEK

GK: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – 83

CB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) – 82

CB: Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 83

CB: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – 86

LM: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 90

CDM: Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 85

CDM: Luis Alberto (Lazio) – 87

CM: Morgan Sanson (Marseille) – 82

RM: Joaquin (Real Betis) – 83

CF: Memphis Depay (Lyon) – 86

CF: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) – 89

SUBSTITUTES:

GK: Luigi Sepe (Parma) – 81

CB: Guillermo Maripan (Monaco) – 82

LM: Cristian Ansaldi (Torino) – 82

CAM: Matheus Pereira (West Brom) – 81

ST: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – 84

ST: Cristhian Stuani (Girona) – 82

RF: Lukas Podolski (Vissel Kobe) – 81

RESERVES:

CM: Cristian Battocchio (Brest) – 78

CM: Carlos Sierra (America de Cali) – 73

ST: Vinicius (Benfica) – 79

ST: Adam Le Fondre (Sydney FC) – 78

ST: Josh Maja (Bordeaux) – 75

Gareth Southgate hopes Mason Mount and James Maddison will inject midfield creativity into his England squad.

Mount, 20, and Maddison have impressed for Chelsea and Leicester City during the opening weeks of this season and account for half of the uncapped players selected for the Three Lions' Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo, along with Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Aston Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings.

Southgate helmed England's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the Nations League Finals, an impressive feat undermined by his side lacking some cutting edge at the business end of the competitions.

Mount - who has scored two in three matches for Chelsea on the back of impressive loan spells at Vitesse and Derby County - and Maddison featured in England's squad last October and the manager is now ready to unleash them on the international stage.

"I think Mason Mount's been one of the outstanding players in the league already this season," Southgate told reporters.

"We brought both of those guys in last October as much for the experience as anything. This time in particular, in Mason's case, as the younger one, he's in on merit, simple as that.

"He looks like he's threatening the goal every game he plays. I've watched him develop through our youth teams since he was 16 and he's been an outstanding player at every age group.

"He's not in on the back of three games at Chelsea. He's in on the back of a year in the Eredivisie, which was outstanding [and] a very successful year with Derby."

On 22-year-old Maddison, Southgate said: "I think he is improving as a player. He's a talent for sure. I think we have to work out where that fits into the way that we play.

"His numbers are impressive: goals and assists, outstanding set-play delivery. So, it's an interesting one for us to work more closely with.

"I think we have various strengths to our squad and we have obvious areas where we would like more experienced, developed players. But we have some exciting players that can come in and give us different options."

Mings, who is four years Maddison's senior, provides a left-sided option at centre-back and has been forced to come through the adversity of serious injury setbacks during his career.

"Tyrone's an interesting case as he entered the game a bit later and hasn't played as much as a centre-back," Southgate said.

"He had a big injury at Bournemouth, but I really like his leadership qualities.

"He's an outstanding athlete and I see a lot of potential and time for growth given the number of games he's played."

England are top of Group A after two games, having hammered five goals past each of Czech Republic and Montenegro in March.

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has been selected as one of four uncapped players in England's squad to face Bulgaria and Kosovo in Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Mings is included alongside Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and creative midfielders Mason Mount and James Maddison, who have started the season impressively for Chelsea and Leicester City respectively.

Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier returns having been cut from Gareth Southgate's travelling party for the Nations League Finals, meaning Kyle Walker misses out on a spot in the 25-man squad alongside Manchester City team-mate John Stones – the latter having sat out his club's past two games with a hamstring injury.

Discussing Wan-Bissaka and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southgate told a news conference: "That's the reason for Kyle Walker not being with us - we've got two young players we want to look at before next summer.

"We also want Kieran Trippier to know he's still on our radar. He's a had a huge move to Atletico Madrid and started the season really well.

"It's an area of the pitch where we have some real strength. I've explained the rationale to Kyle. It's not that he's had a poor start to the season with Manchester City – quite the opposite."

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in the international fold following his knee injury ordeal, while Tottenham's Harry Winks further bolsters Southgate's midfield ranks.

Tom Heaton and Nick Pope are the goalkeepers named alongside number one Jordan Pickford – Jack Butland missing out after an error-strewn start to the campaign with Stoke City.

England are top of Group A following emphatic wins over Czech Republic and Montenegro in March.

 

England squad in full: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Nick Pope (Burnley); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Michael Keane (Everton), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham); Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), James Maddison (Leicester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham); Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

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