Giuseppe Rossi, who was at Manchester United from 2004 until 2007, returned to Manchester earlier this year to work on his fitness, after suffering from a career blighted by injury.

“It’s just good to be back with the guys and be back in this environment, which I tasted 14 years ago when I first arrived,” he said last month. “I’m just training with them, staying fit and just looking to stay sharp. The facilities itself have changed a bit. But I see the same people around and that’s great to see. It still has its homely feeling. The gesture from the team, from Ole and from everybody else, having me back is just something beautiful. It’s something I don’t take for granted and something that I really appreciate. I’m training, staying fit and, each day, obviously getting better playing with these top-class players. So it’s very easy to get back into the groove, to get back to your sharpness because, if you’re not sharp, they will let you hear it! But things are going very well. The lads have accepted me very nicely and it’s a pleasure to be here.”

Rossi posted a video on social media of him having a kick about with Paul Pogba ahead of Monday night’s game against Chelsea.