As for injury updates regarding the squad Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot returned to the team and may be options for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Thursday’s game that will be at home for us. Axel Tuanzebe, Angel Gomes, James Garner, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood may feature in the match.
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were not present in the training camp and are supposed to be ready for the game on Sunday against West Ham at the London stadium after suffering injuries. Pogba trained separately from the group, and that includes Luke Shaw who was sidelined recently with a hamstring injury. Charlie Wellens a 16-year-old midfielder also trained with the squad. Daniel James didn’t appear in the training sessions, but the boss is hoping that he’ll return for the game against West Ham. This is what the boss had to say:
“We still have a few players out,” “Jesse is back, which is great. He had a bad time when he was with England but, hopefully, we’ll get him on the pitch to try to kickstart his season again.”
“The youngsters are raring to go. They all want to play. But I don’t think we’ll see Paul or Anthony, I’m sure won’t see them. Luke is not ready yet. Dan is touch and go. He missed training today and his recovery might be longer than expected but hopefully he’ll be back for the weekend.”
“Diogo is back,” Ole added. “He’s been training for a little while now but we needed assurances before we threw him in. We probably could have him on the bench against Leicester last time, but now he’s ready.”
“I think its a chance for me to use the squad and give minutes, of course, to some of the young players. We all know, if they take a chance, it might be the start of something big. Hopefully, we can see the young kids go out and enjoy themselves.”
“We don’t know too much about Astana but they’re the second seeds in the group. They’ve always been really good at home, but struggled a bit away from home, so hopefully we’ll make their start to these group stages difficult.”
The visitors Astana have won their domestic league five years in a row. Their Croatian striker Marin Tomasov is their most dangerous player. He has scored seven goals in Europa league qualifying matches only second to Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos’s eight goals.