When the Premier League season begins this weekend, Manchester United will be missing both of their key summer additions.
Despite striving to finish the most of their transfer business quickly, it now appears that Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane will miss their Old Trafford debut against Leeds United.
In an interview with the Norwegian outlet TV 2 Sporten via MetroSport, Solskjaer said:
“He has had a holiday after the European Championships and then he has been a little sick, unfortunately.
“He has had one-and-a-half training sessions with us, so he has not trained much.
“It may take some time before he gets into top shape, but throughout the season he will be very important to us.
“He is a player I am sure will give us many happy moments in the years to come.”
“We’ve had a longer pre-season than last year, last season we had a full group for five days before the Crystal Palace game, so that was a difficult one, naturally, because we went so far in Europe and played a tournament after,” he said earlier this week.
“This summer, at least everyone has had three weeks off. Some have had four, some have had five, we’re still lacking match minutes for a few. But we’re getting there, better prepared than last season.
“Some started July 5, some trained with us for the first time this week, of course Jadon is next week and Raphael hopefully when the medical is sorted he’ll be a few days with us.
“But we have to get them through a fitness regime and programme. We can’t just throw them into a game.
“The staff are doing great work, the sports science guys are working hard to get everyone up to speed as quickly as possible.”