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Man Utd could be without six players for Ronaldo homecoming vs Newcastle

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces an anxious wait to see who is available for selection when Cristiano Ronaldo makes his homecoming appearance versus Newcastle on Saturday.

The former Real Madrid man re-signed for the Red Devils on Transfer Deadline Day returning to Old Trafford after a 12-year hiatus in Spain and Italy.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner joined Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane through the door, with United having spent more than £100 million on new additions in the summer window.

The Norwegian boss is targetting a first Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.

But Solskjaer faces a nervy few days waiting on the availability of six first-team players, including some big names.

The Newcastle Chronicle report Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones have all been on the sidelines in recent weeks and are not expected to feature against the Magpies on Saturday.

Henderson will play no part due to a positive Covid-19 test while the rest are recovering from injuries or surgical operations.

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The report also alleges Jadon Sancho faces a race against time to be involved after withdrawing from the England camp due to a minor injury.

A £73 million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Sancho has had to bide his time for a first Man United start and is yet to play a full 90 minutes for the Red Devils.

That may remain the case over the season; Solskjaer now has an abundance of talent in the forward areas with Rashford, Martial, Cavani, Ronaldo, Greenwood and Sancho all vying for a place in the starting line-up.

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