Three things spotted in Manchester United training as January signing involved ahead of Man City – Manchester Evening News

Man United were back on the training pitch earlier today as they prepare for a crucial Manchester derby on Saturday.
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Attention at Carrington has quickly turned from Tuesday's Carabao Cup win against Charlton Athletic to Saturday and a massive Manchester derby.
United host Manchester City at Old Trafford tomorrow lunchtime knowing a win will take them to within one point of their rivals and right into the mix for a title challenge. The pair experienced polarising fortunes midweek, with Pep Guardiola's side eliminated from the cup by Southampton and no doubt looking for a quick bounce back.
With just three full days between games, Erik Ten Hag will have had little time to work with his players ahead of such a crucial game – albeit a day more than City. But the Dutchman was able to prepare his men both physically and tactically earlier today, and ahead of tomorrow's derby-day clash, MEN Sport has taken a look at training to see what was spotted.
Also read: Everything Ten Hag said in pre-City press conference
Jack Butland involved
Exactly a week after his arrival at United was confirmed, Jack Butland was spotted with the first-team squad during today's training session. The 29-year-old joined the Red Devils on-loan from Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season, following Martin Dubravka's return to Newcastle United.
Butland arrived in Manchester to act as back-up for David De Gea, joining Tom Heaton and Nathan Bishop in competing for a spot behind the Spanish shot-stopper. And while he was left out of the squad to face Charlton midweek – Heaton started – the former England international could well be named on the bench come Saturday.
Wan-Bissaka starts
Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks set for just his fourth Premier League start of the season, following the news that Diogo Dalot will not be available for Saturday's game. The Portuguese right-back was brought off as a 'precaution' in the 35th minute on Tuesday, with Ten Hag confirming that he will not be fit.
And after coming on against Charlton, Wan-Bissaka was back in training ahead of his likely start tomorrow. The 25-year-old was rumoured to be leaving this month, but a recent resurgence in form has seen any interest swatted away and another strong performance against City could put the Englishman back in the fray for first-choice.
Beating the press
While Ten Hag won't have had very long at all to work on any tactical elements, the Dutchman looked to be prioritising United's ability to beat the City press during training. The only possession-based work shared involved tightly-packed areas in which the players were tasked with popping short passes before scoring into a small goal.
Could this be a hint as to what Ten Hag sees as pivotal come Saturday's meeting at Old Trafford? Guardiola's side are known for their relentless and coordinated pressure, with Wednesday's lacklustre Carabao Cup performance no doubt fuelling the fire for a derby rebound. United's ability to remain calm under the pressure could prove decisive.


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