Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of returning for Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
The Chilean is back in training and could even make the squad for Sunday’s game against Bournemouth after a remarkable recovery from a hamstring tear.
Sanchez was ruled out until mid-January after suffering the injury in training last month.
But Solskjaer confirmed the forward is ready to boost United’s pursuit of a top four finish.
Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial are also set to return to an attack that has scored eight goals in two games under their interim manager.
Solskjaer said: “Alexis is back. He flew in, he’s had two days of good fitness work, hopefully he can join in training with the ball as soon as we get back in.
“It’s touch and go for Bournemouth, but he’ll definitely be involved at Newcastle.”
Sanchez has endured a miserable season, blighted by injury and has only scored once since his FA Cup semi final goal against Tottenham in April.
But Solskjaer is eager to work with the former Barcelona and Arsenal player as he looks to return United to their attacking best.
“I’ve not had time to sit down and speak in detail, but of course we had a day off on Christmas Eve,” said the Norwegian. “Christmas Day he was off, but he was in training, he’s eager to get back on the pitch. He’s a workaholic it seems like.”
Martial missed the 3-1 win against Huddersfield due to illness, while Lukaku has been on compassionate leave.
Solskjaer has enjoyed a 100 per cent start since taking over from the sacked Jose Mourinho last week. But 1999 Treble-winning hero insists United will improve under him and become even more lethal in attack.
“You don’t in one week change anything but the mindset,” he said. “I want my team to play in a certain way and you give them little pointers and it’s a work in progress.
“It’s going to take time and I’ve done a little bit of a tweak, but will improve as time goes on.
“I just said to the staff, when you get 2-0 or 3-0 up next week we’ll have Sanchez, Martial and Lukaku.”
Nemanja Matic opened the scoring for United in the first half, with Paul Pogba scoring twice after the break.
Mathias Jorgensen got a late consolation for Huddersfield.
“It was fantastic result,” added Solskjaer. “You like three points and some of the football was really, really good as well, so you can’t ask for more. “Three goals at home, I could ask for a clean sheet, but we took about 20 minutes for us to settle.
“You’re playing against a team that makes it hard, too many touches, but after we got the goal we settled down and with a little sharpness towards the end could’ve finished the game off.”