Thu. Sep 24th, 2020

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Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen team news: Solskjaer set to restore star players – but will De Gea start?

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to restore a host of Manchester United stars to his starting lineup for Monday night’s Europa League quarter-final against FC Copenhagen.

Solskjaer afforded his key men a rest in the second leg of their round-of-16 tie against LASK Linz, with a heavily rotated XI winning at Old Trafford to complete a 7-1 aggregate victory.

However, those players largely failed to impress, and – Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard aside – will be unlikely to start in Cologne on Monday.

One position which is up for debate is that of goalkeeper: Sergio Romero is usually United’s cup keeper, but was dropped for David de Gea in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

That decision backfired on Solskjaer as De Gea made two errors in the 3-1 defeat at Wembley, though Romero returned for the Europa tie against LASK at Old Trafford.

Regarding who will start in goal in Germany, Solskjaer kept his cards close to his chest, telling reporters: “I’m not going to say Sergio is the Europa League keeper.

“It’s between him and David all the time. We’re going to pick a team that we think is going to win this tournament, so you’ll just have to wait and see.”

Captain Harry Maguire has had a longer season than most, playing every single minute of United’s Premier League campaign.

The centre-back has been afforded few rests due to injury problems for Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe at various points of the season, and Solskjaer is unlikely to drop his skipper now despite acknowledging the impact this season has had on the England international.

“First of all, he’s desperate to play, he’s the captain,” added Solskjaer. “There’s a reason why he’s the captain: he always wants to play, but he’s always ready to play.

“He’s missed one game, two games this season maybe through some illness, and I think he just gets sharper and sharper the more he plays.

“He’ll get his time off after this tournament, so no worries about that.”

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