Carabao Cup: Leyton Orient v Man Utd

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he will make changes to his side for the Carabao Cup tie at Luton Town on Tuesday (20:15 BST kick-off).

The Reds have an opportunity to bounce back from the disappointing defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, with the suggestion that some players are in need of more minutes to get up to speed with match fitness after an unusual pre-season.

There are plenty of questions to be answered, but the manager is giving little away about the specific nature of the squad he will take south for the third-round clash.

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe were out at the weekend due to injury, but there were no fresh knocks sustained in the 3-1 reverse to Palace.

“We’ll make some changes,” Ole told us on Monday at the Aon Training Complex. “Of course we will. For some, it’s the pre-season and, for some, they’ve only been here for a week now, for different reasons. Some of them need game-time, they do and we can see we’re lacking in sharpness. We just need to make the most of the training sessions and games we have.”

Asked if there are any fitness concerns, the boss said: ”No injuries, no fresh injuries after that game [on Saturday] but, as I said, we’ll rotate and give some minutes. Some, after the game, will do some harder training this week to get ready for Brighton. Some will join the squad and go down there.”

It will be interesting to see if goalkeeper Dean Henderson makes his competitive debut for the club, after returning from loan, while it is hoped some individuals may be in a position to step up their fitness.

Mason Greenwood came off the bench at half-time against the Eagles, with goalscorer Donny van de Beek and Odion Ighalo the other substitutes used at Old Trafford.

LUTON TEAM NEWS

Manager Nathan Jones admits Jordan Clark is pushing for a place in the XI. The summer signing from Accrington Stanley has scored in consecutive games against Reading and Derby after coming off the bench.

“I’m thinking Clarky might have to start,” said Jones. “He’s been unfortunate to be sub, with his performances throughout pre-season, but at the minute, both sides are winning games, so it’s keeping that continuity, keeping that winning feeling. But I won’t make the error to keep something that’s not vital to me away from the grass.”

Former Red Ryan Tunnicliffe was not involved against the Rams at the weekend, with Andrew Shinnie taking his place.

Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie against Luton Town gives Manchester United an early opportunity to recover from the weekend’s opening defeat in the Premier League.Read on for all the key details about our first knockout tie of 2020/21…

FOLLOW THE GAME
The action at Kenilworth Road will get under way at 20:15 BST, with live TV coverage in the UK available on Sky Sports. Club media will be all over it too of course, with frequent updates on ManUtd.com and in our Official App, while MUTV offers build-up from 19:10 BST followed by radio commentary and post-match analysis.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Up for grabs is a place among the last 16 teams in the competition, and unusually we already know the Reds or the Hatters will be away in the next phase. That’s because the fourth-round draw was made last Thursday night, pitting the winners of our tie against either Preston North End or Brighton & Hove Albion. Those two clubs meet on Wednesday evening at 19:00 BST so if we do go through at Luton’s expense, we’ll have to wait for almost another 24 hours to discover if we’ll head north into Lancashire or south to the Sussex coast next week.

HOW HAVE LUTON STARTED THE SEASON?

Very well. Nathan Jones’s side have won all four of their fixtures so far, knocking Norwich City (3-1 at home) and Reading (1-0 away) out of the Carabao Cup to reach this point and collecting maximum points from their league games at Barnsley (1-0) and against Derby County (2-1) at Kenilworth Road. The latter victory this weekend has put the Hatters third in the early Championship table, for their second campaign at that level since they were promoted as League One winners in 2018/19.

EARLY TEAM NEWS
It remains to be seen how many of the men Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded against Crystal Palace will keep their places in the team, as the manager may use this match to hand other members of his squad the minutes they need, given he only had that one pre-season friendly against Aston Villa to work with. The likes of Eric Bailly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira haven’t featured in either of our September games so far.

Meanwhile, Luton’s line-up against Derby was unchanged from the XI that beat Barnsley in the preceding Championship game, which means United Academy graduate Ryan Tunnicliffe missed out. However, Tunnicliffe did play the full 90 minutes in last week’s Carabao Cup win at Reading and he’d be delighted if Jones rewards that selection with a run-out against the Reds, especially if his former team-mates Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba are on the pitch.

WHO ARE LUTON’S DANGER MEN?
Two players with the same initials – James Collins and Jordan Clark – have dominated the Hatters’ scoresheets so far this season. Republic of Ireland international Collins bagged all of his team’s goals, including a penalty, in the first-round triumph against Norwich and followed up that hat-trick with the winner at Barnsley in the Championship. Clark, a midfielder who began his career with Barnsley, his local club, registered the solitary strike away to Reading in the last round and then sealed Saturday’s victory over Wayne Rooney’s Derby County with minutes to spare.

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant referees: Lee Venamore and Andrew Fox
Fourth official: Andy Woolmer

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Report: Man Utd 1 Crystal Palace 3

Manchester United suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace in their opening Premier League match of the season on Saturday.

Wilfried Zaha double and an Andros Townsend strike sealed the points for the visitors as United lost their first league opener at home since 2014.

Substitute Donny van de Beek scored his first goal for the club on his debut but it was not enough to inspire a comeback.

“You can see we are short and they deserved the points,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “Today was a performance you don’t see very often from this group. We should look at ourselves in the mirror. Everyone knows we can perform better than this.”

With Van de Beek on the bench, Solskjaer’s starting line-up saw David de Gea start ahead of Dean Henderson and included Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, but it was Palace who took control early when Townsend opened the scoring after seven minutes, converting a cross at the back post.

Thereafter, the visitors were most threatening on the counter-attack and De Gea made a smart save to deny Jordan Ayew before the interval, but failed to double their lead until just past the midway point of the second half.

Man United had a day to forget as Crystal Palace won at Old Trafford for the second straight season. Getty

When referee Martin Atkinson agreed with VAR Jonathan Moss that Victor Lindelof had handled Ayew’s shot from close range, Palace were awarded a spot kick.

David De Gea saved Ayew’s penalty but, after more VAR intervention, it was retaken because the goalkeeper was off his line. Ex-United winger Zaha stepped up to convert from the spot to make it 2-0.

Van de Beek replaced Pogba and made an instant impact with a smart close range finish to close the gap, but Zaha wrapped up the points five minutes later with a fine strike after turning Lindelof.

“In the week of training we did really well, we trained good so my feeling was really positive, Van de Beek told MUTV after the game. “But today we played too slowly, too long with the ball and I think against an opponent like Crystal Palace you need to speed up the game to create something. That was not good enough.”

Palace have won their opening two games for the first time in the Premier League era and manager Roy Hodgson was impressed with his side’s display at both ends.

“We made certain and kept them playing in front of us and they could not profit from those spaces they are skilful enough to find,” he said. “And when we had the ball I thought we looked very dangerous and threatening so I don’t think it was a big surprise that we scored three.”

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Match Highlights:

Man Utd agree personal terms with Alex Telles

Alex Telles has agreed personal terms with Man Utd. Credit: thechelseachronicle.com

Manchester United are keen to sign Porto full-back Alex Telles, says the Independent, reporting that the player has agreed a five-year deal, though it’s believed United are yet to agree a fee with the Primeira Liga club.

United are looking to reinforce the left-back area, with Luke Shaw in and out of form and youngster Brandon Williams a natural right-footer.

However, United are not alone in their admiration of the Brazilian 27-year-old, with Paris Saint-Germain also keen; the French champions are looking for reinforcements following the long-term injury to first-choice left-back Juan Bernat.

Telles has scored 24 goals and added 55 assists during his Porto career, and United are keen to solve their left-back conundrum after having lost out to Tottenham for the signature of Real Madrid‘s Sergio Reguilon.

I am very happy to hear that Manchester United has agreed personal terms with Alex Telles. He has a lot of experience playing in the Champions League and is 27, and is a highly rated player in Brazil. Once this deal is sealed he would obviously be a starter right away for Manchester United.

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Preview: United v Crystal Palace

Manchester United’s Premier League season starts on Saturday afternoon with an Old Trafford match against Crystal Palace, beginning what promises to be an action-packed 2020/21 campaign.

Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s big game…

ESSENTIAL INFO
Kick-off at the Theatre of Dreams is scheduled for 17:30 BST and fans in the UK can watch the match live on Sky Sports. Supporters can also follow our rolling updates on ManUtd.com and within our Official App, while MUTV will provide live build-up, radio commentary and reaction from 16:25 BST. 

In case you were wondering, our first league game of 2020/21 was delayed by a week due to the club’s involvement in last season’s Europa League semi-finals.

SETTING THE SCENE
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds are back in competitive action – get in! – following a short summer break and the squad is determined to build on last season’s third-placed finish in the league. The addition of new signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax will aid that mission and he is in the frame to make his competitive debut. 

Palace finished 14th last term and Roy Hodgson’s team made a bright start to the new campaign, by beating Southampton 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The Eagles are in action again on Tuesday night, with an EFL Cup tie against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

EARLY TEAM NEWS
It is difficult to gauge which United players will be available until the manager holds his pre-match press conference on Friday, at a time to be confirmed, but we know Axel Tuanzebe is currently injured.

Seven members of the regular starting XI towards the end of last season – David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial – missed the pre-season friendly against Aston Villa at the weekend, but that does not mean they are ruled out. Our team at Villa Park was: Henderson (Grant 75), Dalot (Williams 70), Fosu-Mensah, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay (Galbraith 45), van de Beek, Lingard, Rashford (Elanga 75), James and Ighalo (Mengi 61).

Meanwhile, Palace reportedly have seven injured players in Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Connor Wickham, Gary Cahill, Christian Benteke and Nathan Ferguson. The Eagles’ squad against Southampton last weekend was as follows: Guaita, Ward, Kouyate, Dann, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, McCarthy (Milivojevic 74), Schlupp (Eze 81), Zaha, Ayew.

BIG TALKING POINT
The first game of the season is always an exciting occasion, often because it presents an opportunity to watch a new signing in action, which is definitely the case this weekend with millions of fans eager to see Donny van de Beek in red. The Dutchman has been described as one of European football’s brightest young players and could feature in central midfield. “I will give everything to the club and I hope we can take titles and a lot of prizes,” he said earlier this month. 

Solskjaer is also excited about his new signing, telling us last week: “When we signed Bruno Fernandes, we knew we needed that kind of player, now we’ve signed Donny and he’s a type of player I felt we needed in the squad. He’s the type of person that will fit the culture, fit the team and will improve us next season and for years to come.”

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans are still not permitted to attend matches and all Premier League fixtures are being played without supporters inside stadiums. 

MATCH-OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS
Referee: Martin Atkinson. 
Assistants: Lee Betts, Peter Kirkup. 
Fourth official: Robert Jones. 
VAR: Jonathan Moss. 
Assistant VAR: Marc Perry.

Manchester United signs Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek is a Red Devil. Credit: mirror.co.uk

Manchester United has signed Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax. The Dutchman signed a 5-year contract, with the option to extend for another year.

“I would like to thank everyone at Ajax. I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.“I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.

“Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.

“This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strengths to the group.”

“Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: 

“Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United.”

“His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.”

“Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

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Man Utd opens the season against Crystal Palace

Manchester United will open the new 2020-2021 season with a game against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sat, Sept. 19th at 10 am ET. Then the Red Devils goes away to Brighton Hove & Albion on Sat, Sept. 26th, at 10 am ET.

United will then be at home against Tottenham Hotspur on Sat, Oct. 3 at 10 am ET. I think that the first three fixtures are all winnable and I would expect us to get maximum points from them. Although Man Utd has had a long history of starting a bit slow out of the blocks. The Newcastle game is up after the Spurs game, and that’s at St. James’s Park.

If the Bella Nova group is successful in their takeover of Newcastle United, and they are able to attract some top quality players to the club along with an excellent manager then this could be a tougher match than we would anticipated. United then has big home games against both Chelsea and Arsenal. Those two fixtures will certainly be tougher than the first four matches for Man Utd.

Its imperative that we get off to a great start by winning our first six fixtures. If not, then we shouldn’t lose any of the first six games. Five wins and a draw will be fine too, because you don’t want to lose too many points very early in the season. We would find ourselves quickly trailing the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea and we would be at a disadvantage and this could come back to haunt us later on in the season.

Here is Manchester United’s 2020-2021 fixture list for the new season:

September, 2020

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Sat, Sep 19Manchester UnitedvCrystal Palace10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Sep 26Brighton & Hove AlbionvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

October, 2020

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Sat, Oct 3Manchester UnitedvTottenham Hotspur10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Oct 17Newcastle UnitedvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Oct 24Manchester UnitedvChelsea10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Oct 31Manchester UnitedvArsenal11:00 AMEnglish Premier League

November, 2020

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Sat, Nov 7EvertonvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Nov 21Manchester UnitedvWest Bromwich Albion10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Nov 28SouthamptonvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

December, 2020

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Sat, Dec 5West Ham UnitedvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Dec 12Manchester UnitedvManchester City10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Tue, Dec 15Sheffield UnitedvManchester United2:45 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Dec 19Manchester UnitedvLeeds United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Dec 26Leicester CityvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Mon, Dec 28Manchester UnitedvWolverhampton Wanderers10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

January, 2021

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Sat, Jan 2Manchester UnitedvAston Villa10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Tue, Jan 12FulhamvManchester United2:45 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Jan 16LiverpoolvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Tue, Jan 26Manchester UnitedvSheffield United3:00 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Jan 30ArsenalvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

February, 2021

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Tue, Feb 2Manchester UnitedvSouthampton3:00 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Feb 6Manchester UnitedvEverton10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Feb 13West Bromwich AlbionvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Feb 20Manchester UnitedvNewcastle United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Feb 27ChelseavManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

March, 2021

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Sat, Mar 6Manchester CityvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Mar 13Manchester UnitedvWest Ham United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Mar 20Crystal PalacevManchester United11:00 AMEnglish Premier League

April, 2021

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Sat, Apr 3Manchester UnitedvBrighton & Hove Albion10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Apr 10Tottenham HotspurvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Apr 17Manchester UnitedvBurnley10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, Apr 24Leeds UnitedvManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League

May, 2021

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Sat, May 1Manchester UnitedvLiverpool10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sat, May 8Aston VillavManchester United10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Tue, May 11Manchester UnitedvLeicester City3:00 PMEnglish Premier League
Sat, May 15Manchester UnitedvFulham10:00 AMEnglish Premier League
Sun, May 23Wolverhampton WanderersvManchester United11:00 AMEnglish Premier League

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Report: Sevilla 2 Man Utd 1

Sevilla FC beat a wasteful Manchester United 2-1 to advance to the Europa League final on Sunday night in Cologne, Germany.

Luuk de Jong scored the winner for Sevilla in the 79th minute as United were beaten in the semifinals of a competition for the third time this season following losses at the same stage in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Man United took the lead inside of 10 minutes from the penalty spot as Bruno Fernandes dispatched a well-taken penalty kick after Marcus Rashford was fouled in the area while breaking in on goal.

The lead was short-lived, though, with Sevilla hitting back in the 26th minute when Suso met Sergio Reguilon‘s inch-perfect cross at the back post and powered a first-time shot past David De Gea to make it 1-1, a scoreline that would last through the rest of the first half.

Sevilla held off an early second-half onslaught from Man United, who came out firing from the break, with goalkeeper Bono coming up with a string of saves to keep the score level.

Man United were made to pay for their wasted chances just before the 80-minute mark, with De Jong turning home a Jesus Navas cross to give Sevilla a lead they would not relinquish.

Sevilla, who will be aiming for a sixth Europa League trophy, now await the result of Monday’s other last-four match between Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk to see who they’ll face in the final on Aug. 21.

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Here are the highlights of the game below:

Early Team News: Sevilla v Man Utd

United return to Stadion Koln on Sunday evening, for a much-awaited Europa League semi-final against Sevilla. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will have had six days to prepare for the challenge presented by the Andalusians – who are perennial modern winners of this competition – following Monday’s extra-time victory over FC Copenhagen. 

That should hopefully increase our chances of taking a fully fit group of players into the game against the Spaniards, and there were no new injury concerns mentioned by the boss following the win over the Danes. But given Solskjaer has opted to reshape his team quite significantly for each of our last three games (Leicester City, LASK, Copenhagen), who is likely to play a part in Cologne?

The Reds have been pictured putting in the hard yards ahead of Sunday’s Europa League date with Sevilla. The only players to start our last three games are Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams, and both are highly likely to retain their places for this weekend’s last-four tie. No player has made more appearances this term than the captain’s 54, while the season-curtailing injury Luke Shaw suffered during the 2-2 draw with Southampton has opened the door for Williams to promote his claims at left-back.

However, elsewhere in defence, there could be changes. Victor Lindelof has not started either of the last two matches, but began 10 of the first 11 games that followed the COVID-19-enforced pause to the season. It seems possible that the Swede has simply been given time to recuperate, and his 70th-minute introduction against Copenhagen perhaps indicates he may be poised to return to the starting XI in the semi-final. 

In goal, Sergio Romero has featured in nine of our 11 Europa League games so far this season. However, the Argentinian played all of our games in both the League Cup and the FA Cup prior to the semi-final stage, at which point Solskjaer chose to introduce David De Gea. Will the boss make the same switch again on Sunday?

In midfield, Nemanja Matic has also been given some time to rest the legs. Like Lindelof, he did not feature against LASK, and was only introduced around the 70-minute mark against FCK. But he was a near ever-present during the Premier League run-in and is clearly highly valued – recently signing a new contract to keep him at the club until 2023.

Could Ole select the 32-year-old for his experience against the dangerous Spaniards? After the victory on Monday, the manager said: “Nemanja has always had this calm and influence on the team, and he came on and did really well.”

In attack, every Red will hope all three of our free-scoring forwards are fit. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood did not score against Copenhagen, but Martial was named Man of the Match and only a remarkable performance by opposition keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson denied the Frenchman a goal. Greenwood, meanwhile, converted an excellent finish with his right foot in the first half, only for VAR to rule it inadmissible due to a retrospective offside call.

Meanwhile, Odion Ighalo will hope he has one or two big goals left in him before the campaign closes: the Nigerian has two goals in his four appearances in the competition so far, and was unfortunate not to net during his last outing against LASK. There’s also Juan Mata’s form to consider.

The man from Asturias provided two assists in the victory over the Austrians in the last 16, and then came on in extra-time, to magnificent effect, against the Danes. It all means that Ole and his staff have some nice problems to mull over ahead of our Sevilla test.

But, firstly, the Norwegian will hope that as many of his players make it through the rest of this week’s training and are available for this huge match. Keep your eye on ManUtd.com and our Official App for all the latest team news as we build up to the semi-final.

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Report: Man Utd 1 FC Copenhagen 0

Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty in added extra time to lift Manchester United past FC Copenhagen 1-0 and reach the semifinals of the Europa League.

The Portuguese playmaker made no mistake from the spot in the 95nd minute to break the deadlock after Anthony Martial had been fouled inside the box.

The result provides a bit of relief for United supporters who seemingly were more in tune with the day’s ongoing transfer saga involving Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

United had been frustrated all night by a resilient Copenhagen side during the first 90 minutes, mainly in part due to two scoring attempts that had been fended off by the woodwork.

Mason Greenwood‘s low shot in the 57th minute seemed bound for the back of the net only to the hit the post, with Marcus Rashford‘s rebound tap-in overruled for being offside.

The sticks aided the Danish side again five minutes later when Fernandes’ dipping effort beat keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson but bounced off the left post.

However, Januaray signing Fernandes would not be denied in extra minutes as United took their 21st penalty (converting 17) of the season across all competitions.

“It’s the third time this season we have been to a semifinal so we are delighted to get through,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the match. “We deserved it, their keeper was unbelievable and we hit the post a few times.

“It could have been one of those nights that you end up with a shootout. We had to block, defend well and they made it hard for us. They were well organised with a gameplan, I knew they would be hard to break down so we had to be patient. We knew we would get chances, our attackers will always create chances.

Fernandes now leads the Europa League scorers list with seven goals, and is the joint-top scorer for United alongside Martial on 11 goals (all competitions).

“He knows keepers will wait for him to do the jump. He practices both of them [run-ups] and he practices both sides, so he’s got them sorted,” Solskjaer added on Fernandes’ penalty-takinga abilities.”

The scoreline soured Johnsson’s excellent night in the net for Copenhagen, whose 13 saves were the joint most in a single game since the Europa League started in 2009.

United, winners of the 2017 Europa League, will take on the winners of Wednesday’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sevilla FC in the semifinal round on Aug. 6 in Cologne.

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Check out the match highlights below:

Preview: Man Utd v FC Copenhagen

Manchester United have a large squad to choose from for Monday night’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final with FC Copenhagen.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe were not part of the group that travelled to Germany for the tie at Stadion Koln, but young midfielders James Garner and Ethan Galbraith were among those spotted boarding the plane in Manchester.

So the boss has some key decisions to make – first and foremost, who starts in goal.

Sergio Romero has started most of the matches in this competition but no call has been made on whether he keeps his place from the win over LASK, or if David De Gea returns between the posts.

“That’s an obvious question,” Solskjaer replied, when asked who will start against the Danes. “Because I think I must be the most privileged manager in the world with the goalkeeping department we have here with Sergio, David and we’ve got Dean Henderson coming back as well. That’s three top, top goalkeepers there.

“This Europa League, this season, has shown again how important Sergio has been to us and, for me, David has also been always been performing there, so we’ll see what we do for the rest of the season. It’s difficult, yeah of course it is, but it is a nice problem to have.”

Henderson, who was on loan at Sheffield United, is not part of

this squad.

Solskjaer was flanked by Brandon Williams at the press conference and he appeared to confirm the defender will start, presumably in the left-back role in Shaw’s absence.

There are question marks over the rest of the line-up but Harry Maguire would appear certain to start as captain, as usual, while Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial came off the bench against LASK, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood among those to get a rest.