Man United have a near-full strength squad to choose from for their Europa League quarter-final first leg with Roma
Marcus Rashford is available for Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Roma and is past the worst of his foot injury, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rashford played more than 80 minutes in United’s last two games against Leeds and Burnley and, despite reducing his training schedule, is expected to start against Roma.
Luke Shaw appeared to confirm his starting role and Paul Pogba is expected to be recalled. Eric Bailly is available again and David de Gea may resume Europa League duties. Anthony Martial is the only significant absentee.
“I was going to ask Luke if he’d picked the team already!” Solskjaer laughed. “We’ve managed Marcus and we’ve had to manage him quite a while actually.
“Last year with his back, then he had his shoulder, which he’s recovered really well from, and I feel he’s gone through the worst of this foot. He almost played a full game against Leeds and he’s available for selection for tomorrow. He’s happy with the progress he’s made.
“We didn’t lose anyone after the Leeds game, which was a great preparation for us because it’s a high-intensity, difficult game.”
“I’m probably the luckiest manager in world football to have two such good options [in goal] and both of them have played more than 20 games this season and have been very solid.
“We’ve been building clean sheets, our record is getting better and better, they’re a big, big part of it. Both Dean and David want to lift a trophy, of course they do, whoever we go with has got the support of the team and his teammates.”
Solskjaer was asked if a potential Europa League win would feel hollow after the club’s fleeting dalliance with the Super League. United co-chairman Joel Glazer publicly championed the Super League and was listed as one of the co-chairmen of the breakaway concept, which United were prepared to participate in and abandon the Champions League and Europa League.
“We have had a great night in this tournament before at the club and we know how much it means as a team and as a club,” Solskjaer stressed. “Of course, our focus now is to get to the final and make sure the end of the season can finish with a celebration.
“As soon as we went out of the Champions League, our eyes and focus was on let’s get to a final. I’ve noticed with the players that these games have been very important for them, for us.
“When you’ve got Sociedad, Granada, two good Spanish teams, AC Milan, Roma, with their history, we feel we’ve been in a proper competition and had to dig this out. And we’ve enjoyed it and we’re one step away from the big one.”