Marcus Rashford trained with a member of Manchester United staff at Altrincham’s Moss Lane ground on Sunday ahead of his return to Carrington next week.
Rashford took part in ball work at the non-league ground before heading to Carrington to check-in to United’s training facility and undergo a COVID-19 test, with the squad set to return to training there early next week in small groups.
Rashford’s friend and former teammate Ro-Shaun Williams, now at League One Shrewsbury Town, was also training at Moss Lane.
The forward hasn’t played since January 15 after suffering a double stress fracture to his back, but he has stepped up his return to fitness in recent weeks and is set to play a part if the Premier League season resumes.
Rashford has been at Carrington twice a week over the last fortnight to undergo additional treatment on his back.
United have installed a drive-thru testing station in the car park of their Carrington training complex to accommodate the planned return of players next week, with the squad and staff members arriving in intervals on Sunday to have tests.
The testing will be done in line with Premier League protocols and guidelines, with discussions still taking place to finalise those procedures.
Rashford is the latest United player to be photographed training this week ahead of the return to Carrington. Daniel James and Luke Shaw trained together on Friday, with Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof and Andreas Pereira working together on Thursday.
The return to training is the first phase of the Premier League’s Project Restart, which aims to get the season back up and running in mid-June.
There are 92 games remaining to be played and they will be contested behind closed doors, with more discussions set to take place between the Premier League, clubs, players and government officials before the restart is confirmed.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week he expected to have a fully-fit squad to choose from if the season resumes in June.
“Of course we’re trying to improve all the time, develop as a team, and now we’ve got a full squad to choose from, and hopefully we’ve been looking after ourselves in the two months that we’ve been out,” Solskjaer said.
“We just have to play it by ear and hope they click early. But let’s get back to training first and then hopefully we can play soon.”