Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned that every player must work hard to enter the starting Eleven.

De Gea

Solskjaer says this as the competition for the Red Devils No. 1 continues. Solskjaer has given Dean Henderson a run of games in goal during De Gea’s absence but warned him to fight.

Recalling his days at United, he says he had to compete with new signings. Solskjaer said, “When you’re a part of Man United, there are always players who come in. And they don’t just come there to fill the bench or squad; everyone has the ambition to take your shirt.”

“I was there myself when we signed Ruud (van Nistelrooy), Diego Forlan, Louis Saha, loads of top strikers like Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham, the aim for me then is to prove to the manager, ‘OK, I don’t mind you signing these, but I’m still important to you and I’m still going to give everything I can to play.

“It’s the same at right-back, left-back, center-forward, goalkeeper. David has had 10 fantastic years at Man United and he’s had challengers who, of course, want to play. Sergio (Romero), he probably played less games than he deserves, Dean comes in and gives it his all and best because everyone wants that place.

“David does as well and it’s a healthy competition, the nature of football, and the small goalkeeping department are a very tight-knit group. They work together in prep, they have different gym sessions, they stay together more, so naturally they create a bond, and the spirit in the goalkeeper department is top. But it’s healthy competition and all of them want to play,” he said.

On Thursday’s selection ahead of the Granada duel, Solskjaer says he will not take a risk with Rashford’s fitness.

“Marcus joined in training this morning, so let’s see how he reacts, if there’s any risk of making it worse I’m not going to overplay him. His back has recovered and he’s a tough one. It’s also a responsibility for the player to tell us, as he did on Sunday. He said it was too sore and he had to come off,” the United manager said.