I’m told the atmosphere has been fantastic at Carrington now that everyone’s got to grips with the new rules on training and testing, with great excitement ahead of the return of the Premier League.
Arguably, United will emerge from their enforced hibernation in better shape than they were when the pandemic struck, and at that stage they were unbeaten in their previous 11 games in all competitions having scored 29 times and conceded just two.
As I’ve already mentioned, Rashford is back and he’s not yet had the chance to play with Ighalo, but it’s the midfield options that have got everyone excited.
Bruno Fernandes has established himself as an upcoming Old Trafford hero with just nine games in his number 18 shirt.
Paul Pogba’s fully fit too, and the pair could team up together for the first time when United return to action at Tottenham.
But that’s not a given; the hiatus has given Scott McTominay time to fully recover from his knee injury, and both Fred and Nemanja Matic have made impressive cases to be included in Solskjaer’s starting line-up with their form since Christmas.
If he avoids defeat in the game in north London, Solskjaer would set a new unbeaten record with United and it shows just how extraordinary recent events have been that no one’s really mentioned it’s the first opportunity Jose Mourinho has had to welcome his former players to his new home.