Manchester United has 'pretty much' full squad back for Newcastle trip: Rashford

Marcus Rashford said Manchester United has almost a full squad back in training ahead of a trip to Newcastle United on Monday after a COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of two games.

FILE PHOTO: Rashford said it was important for the team to have a good Christmas period in order to take the momentum into the end of the season.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Marcus Rashford said Manchester United has almost a full squad back in training ahead of a trip to Newcastle United on Monday after a COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of two games.

United last played in a 1-0 win over Norwich City on December 11, with its fixtures against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford among several Premier League games that could not go ahead as planned.

It trails leader Manchester City by 17 points but has played two games fewer.

"The lads have been training and today we brought all the rest of the lads back to training, there are only a couple left that will be coming in tomorrow," Rashford told the club's website.

"So, we've pretty much got the full squad back, which is a positive going into the week."

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United then faces Burnley in its last game of the year and Rashford said it was important to build momentum if it was to get its hands on silverware.

"If we have a good Christmas period now, then we can keep that momentum going and that will take you into the big games where the trophies are, come the end of the season," Rashford said.

United's bench will also feature a new face when it visits Newcastle, with head coach Ralf Rangnick bringing in Ewan Sharp as an assistant coach and analyst, after the hires of Sascha Lense and Chris Armas in recent weeks.

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