Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Chris Smalling is ‘looking good’ again ahead of ’s clash with Burnley.

Smalling has been out of action since the beginning of December with a foot injury and the 29-year-old central defender is yet to feature under interim manager Solskjaer.

Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones have impressed as Solskjaer’s first-choice partnership in Smalling’s absence, with the Red Devils winning all eight matches under the Norwegian’s stewardship.

The England international, though, is closing in on his first-team return after returning to training last week.


‘Chris has trained for a week now, so he’s looking good,’ Solskjaer explained ahead of United’s match with Burnley on Tuesday evening.

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‘It’s about when do we get him into the team.’

Marouane Fellaini (calf strain) and Marcos Rojo (knock) remain on the sidelines and must wait for a chance to impress Solskjaer.

Rojo is yet to make a single appearance under Solskjaer, while Fellaini came off the bench against Cardiff and Reading.

Solskjaer is ‘loving’ his time in the hot seat at United after replacing Jose Mourinho.

‘I love it,’ he said.

‘It’s what you want, we’ve had some fantastic results, great performances and the improvement I can see in many aspects.


‘From Tottenham to Arsenal the way we improved the structure, the way the ideas, we get to know each other more and they get to know me and what I want from the team.

‘The people said it was just about attacking attacking attacking but the other part I have been happy with because we haven’t leaked many goals.’


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