Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United team selection against LASK Linz is designed to build confidence throughout the first-team squad.
United go into the second leg of their last-16 tie against LASK on Wednesday night with a 5-0 lead on aggregate and all but assured of a place in the final tournament next week.
Solskjaer’s side will face Copenhagen in Germany next Monday night and the United manager has chosen a strong side for the second-leg.
The Norwegian made nine changes from the side which defeated Leicester on the final day of the Premier League season two weeks ago with Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw remaining, while youngsters Teden Mengi, James Garner and Tahith Chong are all on the bench.
United’s game against Copenhagen is on August 10 and Solskjaer is hopeful his squad will be full of confidence when that game comes around.
“Jesse in for Bruno, and Luke he is injured,” Solskjaer told MUTV of his team selection. “I think we played really well out there first time without the crowd, so was very pleased with the performance. They made it very difficult for us. If we dwell on the ball today it will be difficult, they are an aggressive side, they press, they jump all over the pitch, so there will be spaces if we play correctly.
“It is important for us as a squad going into Germany with players inform, players with confidence as a a group because we know that if we are to be there until the final we have to do it together. So we have to do this as a group, because we will be staying together for a while hopefully.”