United Team News
Manchester United will have an almost fully-fit squad for Thursday’s 2nd European League leg tie against Brugge.
Only two players have been ruled out. Those are Axel Tuanzebe and Tim Fosu-Mensah. The boss had an update on their progress.
“[Axel and Tim] are getting close to a Reserves match or a behind-closed-doors match.” said Solskjaer. “We need them to play in that kind of game before we use them in the first team.”
Fosu-Mensah is yet to feature for the Reds this season after undergoing knee surgery in the summer, while Tuanzebe has been missing since picking up a thigh problem during the Carabao Cup tie against Colchester in December. The other long-term absentees are Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, and Lee Grant.
“We had a couple of knocks in training but hopefully they’ll be okay.” he commented.
“We’ve got a strong and fit 25-man squad and it was a good session. We’re looking stronger.”
Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood, who both missed the first leg, could be involved, as could youngsters Tahith Chong, James Garner and Angel Gomes, after taking part in today’s training session. Odion Ighalo will also be hoping to make his first start for the Reds, after three cameo appearances off the bench so far.
Luke Shaw may start in his customary left-back position, after being fielded as one of the back three in the first-leg.
“I know [Brugge right-winger] Krepin Diatta from my time in Norway,” Ole added. “He might be a handful for Luke, you never know!
“Luke was out for two months and he’s done really well in a new position. It’s mixing between a left-back and the left side of centre-back. He runs forward more as a left-centre-back than as a full-back. I’ve been very pleased with him there.”
Club Brugge Team News
The Belgian side are without captain Ruud Vormer and forward Emmanuel Dennis, both of whom picked up injuries during Sunday’s league win over Charleroi.
Colombian midfielder Der Balanta, who scored the only goal in that game, is suspended after receiving his third caution of the season in Europe, but first-leg absentee Krep Diatta is among Brugge’s 22-man squad for the encounter at Old Trafford.
The game will be broadcasted live in the UK on BT Sport 2. You can also see all the action on MUTV. In the US you can see the match at 3pm ET on Unimas. The referee for the match is Serdar Gozubuyuk.