Manchester Evening News

Onana to return as ETH remains upbeat

- By SAMUEL LUCKHURST @MENSports

ANDRE Onana will be available to play for United in their first Premier League fixture in nearly three weeks away to Wolves.

Onana has been away for a fortnight on internatio­nal duty with Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast, where he only played in one of their four games before eliminatio­n by Nigeria.

Altay Bayindir made his debut in United’s 4-2 win at Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday but Onana is set to reclaim his place.

Tyrell Malacia (knee) and Mason Mount (calf) are still unavailabl­e but United manager Erik ten Hag is set to have his strongest group of players available for the first time.

Facundo Pellistri is not expected to be involved while he finalises a loan move to La Liga side Granada. Pellistri has not started for United since September. Aaron Wan-Bissaka did not travel to Newport as a precaution while Victor Lindelof is still recovering from groin surgery.

Wolves are unbeaten in their past seven games and United could drop to the bottom half of the table if they lose at Molineux tonight. Ten Hag is upbeat despite their ninth-place position in the league table.

“We are quite confident because on our best days we can beat anyone,” Ten Hag reiterated.

“On our worst days, we go down to certain limits of what is not acceptable.

“So we have to push our limits to high levels that also on our worst days we get our results in. Everyone in the squad is very convinced about this.

“Also, they know that now players are coming back from long-term injuries the team will be stronger.

“That helps the motivation and it helps the mood and the spirit of the team.

“Every game we have to see as a final and every game we have to get the best out of it and this team has so much experience, they know that.

“I’m quite positive now we have our players back. Although some need some match rhythm but the line into this game is quite good. They had a friendly game (against Burnley), they had a cup game and now you go into a Premier League game.

“The build-up is quite good for those players so now we have to make the next step.”

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Andre Onana is likely to start tonight against Wolves

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