Solskjaer says United could welcome back Pogba and four others vs AC Milan

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased to reveal that Manchester United will welcome back five key players for Thursday night’s Europa League tie away to AC Milan.

A Craig Dawson own goal gave United a 1-0 home win against West Ham on Sunday evening. Twice hitting the post, the Reds played fine but looked like a team suffering from a number of injuries.

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United beat West Ham but look bereft of attacking options

The attacking options on Solskjaer’s bench were limited to 17-year-old academy graduate Shola Shoretire and 18-year-old January signing Amad Diallo. Amad had to play in last Thursday’s first leg against AC Milan, scoring four minutes after arriving off the bench.

But United will be delighted to welcome back the quintet that Solskjaer has been without for some weeks now.


Solskjaer: Pogba could be back for AC Milan game

Speaking to BBC Sport post-match, the Norwegian said: “I hope we have four or five back for that game [AC Milan].”

“Hopefully Edinson and Anthony are fit, Donny hopefully and Paul even make might the trip and David back from isolation. Not bad players!”

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It’ll be a great relief for United fans. At Old Trafford on Thursday, AC Milan arrived with injury problems of their own but United couldn’t capitalise on that. Travelling to Italy, Solskjaer knows his team have to score or they’ll be out of a tournament they have aspirations of winning.

While the Europa League is not United’s main priority of the season, Solskjaer’s United tenure remains trophyless. With talk of a new contract in the last week, a trophy is essential to maintain momentum as the 48-year-old continues his rebuilding project at the club.

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United have FA Cup quarter-final tie after tough Milan fixture

As for beyond Thursday night’s tie in Lombardy, United travel to Leicester on Sunday for an FA Cup quarter-final. Victory against West Ham has kept United in the Premier League’s top two but the importance of this week cannot be underestimated.

By next Monday, any hopes of a trophy could have disappeared should United fail to beat Milan or Leicester. Having a full squad and the chance to rotate with quality will be key to avoiding that fate.

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Life-long Manchester United fan with a strong interest in the club's academy. Host of the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. First game at Old Trafford was the 7-1 rout of AS Roma in 2007.