Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Granada.

The briefing was streamed at 1pm on the club’s official app and Solskjaer was asked about two players he’s never started before.

Anthony Elanga is in the squad for the game and Solskjaer said the forward will be on the bench against Granada.

Amad has made his United debut but is still waiting for a first start, but Solskjaer said he’s getting closer and closer.

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“Of course he is,” said Solskjaer when asked if Amad is getting closer to a maiden start.

“He’s getting used to our standards. He did well when he played 45 minutes against Milan and we’ll see him gradually start games. It might come tomorrow and it might come another game.”


On Elanga, he added: He’ll be in the squad, he’ll be on the bench. He was very unlucky when he got an injury about two or three months ago because he was about to move into the first-team squad then.

“He has a lot of quality, speed and is a goalscorer. He likes to beat men and has a good right foot and left foot. He has an appetite to develop and to keep learning. He’s not just in the squad for the experience. He’s ready to play.”

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Solskjaer has some experienced attacking options back in his squad now, which might make it harder for his young guns to get that first start.

It would be a surprise if Amad started the game tomorrow night, and Solskjaer has already confirmed that Elanga won’t.

But with the fixtures mounting up, rotation will come into play and both Amad and Elanga will hope to get that first start before the end of the season.

It might be the case that United seal second place with games to spare and that provides the stage for both of them to make an impression in the first team.

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