5 absent for Man Utd against Club Brugge on Thursday

Manchester United return to European action on Thursday night when we play host to Club Brugge in the second leg of our round of 32 Europa League tie.

We were held to a 1-1 draw in Belgium last week before thrashing Watford 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday. Following Thursday’s game, we are away to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Prior to welcoming Club Brugge to Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken at his pre-match press conference this morning to give team news and an injury update. The boss was able to confirm that we have a near fully fit squad for this busy schedule.

Solskjaer has only ruled out two players who were training on Wednesday morning – defensive pair Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Neither would have been expected to play anyway. The manager told MUTV:

“[Axel and Tim] are getting close to a Reserves match or a behind-closed-doors match.


“We need them to play in that kind of game before we use them in the first team.”

Long-term absentees Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Lee Grant will also miss Thursday’s game.

This means that both Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay could be involved in the second leg, having missed last week’s tie in Brugge. Youngsters Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner will also be looking to get some playing time as they have been included in the squad. January signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo are also included.