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Manchester United give team news vs RB Leipzig

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Manchester United have no new major injury concerns ahead of their Champions League group game with RB Leipzig.

Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly are sidelined until after the November internationals and Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have not been included in the Champions League squad. Sergio Romero, also omitted, has not even returned to Carrington amid his anger at not leaving before the closure of the transfer window.

Alex Telles debuted at Paris Saint-Germain last week but was not in the weekend squad against Chelsea. Solskjaer is free to name up to 12 substitutes in the Champions League.

“More or less the same squad,” Solskjaer said. “There are a couple of doubts and knocks as you normally [have] after a tight weekend game as we had against Chelsea, but I think we will more or less have the same squad.”

United’s opening group victory over PSG leaves them in an advantageous position to secure qualification to the knockout phase before their final game at Leipzig.

After United host the German leaders on Wednesday they face Istanbul Basaksehir in back-to-back games and four wins would almost certainly guarantee passage to the last 16. Solskjaer is especially eager to get through as quickly as possible in order to rest players.

“We look at every single game as a chance to get three points and in the group stage we have four teams and you would think that 10 points would get you through,” Solskjaer explained. “So to get to 10 points as quickly as we can is our aim and our focus now is on getting three points tomorrow night.

“I think this season is a very special one. We’re in a special situation, circumstances, we play a game every three days, sometimes it’s two days in between, sometimes you are lucky and you have three days in between but you are going to do it relentlessly until the end of the season.

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“Then there are the Euros and then there’s a new season, so of course any chance to give players a breather and a break would be very welcome and another reason not to take any chances when the games come thick and fast, that you push players too much because of the risk of injury.

“And that human side of it is going to be a big thing this season. You will look on telly and think, ‘yeah they’re ready’, but we need to look after the boys, that’s our job as a club and medical staff and as managers.”

Possible United squad: De Gea, Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Maguire, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Mengi, Shaw, Williams, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Fred, Van de Beek, Fernandes, Mata, James, Greenwood, Pellistri, Rashford, Martial, Cavani

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