Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Manchester United will be missing five players from the squad ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
The manager revealed at his pre-match press conference in Paris that both Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood, as well as Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, will miss our first group match of this season’s Champions League.
Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard will also be absent after staying behind in Manchester.
“Yeah we’ve lost a couple,” Solskjaer told reporters via video. “Bailly didn’t travel and Lingard didn’t travel. So we’re a little bit deflated but we have more than enough players.”
The Manchester United boss was asked about how long the players would be out for.
“We hope the players won’t be away too long,” he added. “Edinson needs a few more days before he’s ready. Hopefully Harry, Eric and Mason, but we’re not too sure on that.”
Greenwood missed Saturday’s win at Newcastle and will not play at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, the stadium where he made his United debut in 2019.
However, Solskjaer hopes to see him back in contention for our Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday at Old Trafford.
“It’s just a niggle and even though he’s young we can’t take a chance with him,” the Reds manager insisted. “Hopefully he’ll be okay for the weekend.” Speaking about Maguire’s injury, the United boss added: “We hope Harry will be fit for the weekend, but we’re not sure.”
With the captain missing, Bruno Fernandes will lead the Reds out against PSG for his first appearance as the United skipper.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed that striker Mauro Icardi will be out for this clash. Thilo Kehrer and Juan Bernat, who both started last season’s Champions League final will also not feature on Tuesday night.
Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes is are unavailable for the Parisiens, whereas Marquinhos and Julian Draxler will hope to be involved after training on Monday.