MANCHESTER – Manchester United will target a better result when the Premier League side entertains Istanbul Basaksehir in a key Champions League clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered a shocking 2-1 loss in Istanbul when these two teams met the last time and the Red Devils will aim to secure all three points this time out in a push to remain top of Group H ahead of two tough fixtures in the group.
After taking on Istanbul Basaksehir, Manchester United will face Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
Solskjaer is expected to a full strengthened squad to select from for Tuesday night’s game, including midfielder Paul Pogba, who missed the win over West Bromwich in the Premier League at the weekend.
Pogba was unavailable against West Bromwich after he sustained a knock following his return from international duties with France.
“I hope Paul is going to be available,” Solskjaer was quoted as saying on www.manutd.com. “He trained this morning. It’s still uncomfortable and [there’s] some pain, so we’ll make a decision on that in the morning [on Tuesday].”
A decision on Pogba will be made after a fitness test before the game.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer is also hoping left-back Shaw will return after missing several weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up during the win over Everton before the international break.
However, with summer recruit Alex Telles impressing so far, Manchester United will not rush into bringing Shaw back if the England international has not fully recovered.
“I hope nearer to four weeks, but with hamstrings you can’t risk anything and he’s still not training with us,” said Solskjaer. “Hopefully, near four but more likely close to six.”
As for who will be the starting goalkeeper for Manchester United on Tuesday, Solskjaer is yet to confirm if Dean Henderson or David de Gea would play.
Henderson started in Turkey, but De Gea has been in good form and could keep his place, following his clean sheet against West Brom.