Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of their Europa League return.

United lead LASK 5-0 after a first leg that seems an age ago. A lot has happened in the world since Odion Ighalo’s wonder-strike in a comfortable away win.

Now United must finish the job at Old Trafford before heading to Germany for the condensed mini tournament.

Solskjaer has named his squad with some interesting names in the setup. Among the exciting youngsters hoping for their chance to impress, the previously injured Phil Jones is back in contention.

While Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe have been ruled out until September, Jones could yet get an unexpected run-out or two in the upcoming games.

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“Phil has been training here,” the United boss said. “He’s not been match-fit but he’s getting closer, so maybe he can join in in Germany.

“We’ll see how he progresses over the next few days.”

An unlikely but brief return

While plenty of talk has been about the possible appearance of Teden Mengi at the heart of United’s defence, could another centre-back also make a belated return between now and the final?

 

Jones has been out of action since January; his last appearance coming in the 6-0 FA Cup win against Tranmere.

That was a rare high point in a disappointing campaign and Jones will be hoping to make up for lost time.

In truth, the 28-year-old is surely on borrowed time at Old Trafford. He is arguably sixth in the pecking order (if you include Mengi and Tuanzebe) and the return of Chris Smalling would do him no favours.

Jones signed for United with the world at his feet for £17million (BBC). However, he has never fulfilled his considerable potential.

As he approaches his thirties, he will want to find a club where he can play every week. But it would be a fine way to end his United stay if he can help the club secure some silverware this month.

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