Eric Bailly has returned to training and could be available for Manchester United against West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Ivorian was absent from the squad for the draw with Everton last week and the FA Cup win against West Ham in midweek, but he has been back in action at Carrington and could be involved at the Hawthorns.
Bailly has suffered a couple of minor injury setbacks of late that have robbed him of the momentum he had built up in starting in seven out of nine games from mid-December to mid-January.
He’s now not started any of the last six games but his return to action could see him back on the bench at least. But United will still be without Paul Pogba as he nurses a thigh injury.
United have had five days without a game after the extra-time cup win on Tuesday and Solskjaer has enjoyed that time to work on the training ground.
Solskjaer said: “We’ve had a rare opportunity to do a little bit of training and some recovery Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and not a game until Sunday which is a rarity for us. Paul is still out, Eric been training, that’s a boost for us.”
United have won just two of their last five games in all competition and one of those required the extra half hour in the FA Cup.
They threw away two points in the league against Everton last Saturday and Solskjaer is determined that they put that right in the Midlands.
United have dropped to five points behind leaders Manchester City and with Pep Guardiola’s side in fine form Solskjaer knows every game is now vital to make sure that gap doesn’t increase further.
“Of course it’s an important game for us this weekend, it’s an important spell,” he said. “It’s the time now every game you tick one off there is less and less possibility to catch up points on teams in front of you and that’s what we want to do and what we’re here to do.
“Sunday is a big one to get back to winning ways. Two points dropped against Everton was disappointing that it was the last kick of the game but we bounced back in the cup against West Ham. That was a good step in the right direction again with another clean sheet.”