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Manchester United XI vs LASK: Confirmed early team news, predicted lineup, latest injuries tonight

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has outlined his determination to end Manchester United‘s season with silverware, and will use his star players in a bid to win the Europa League.

The Norwegian can afford to name a largely shadow team against LASK this evening, with United leading the last-16 tie 5-0 after the first leg.

Jesse Lingard is a confirmed starter, while Dan James and Andreas Pereira could also feature.

But Solskjaer will call upon his big names when United travel to Germany for the remaining rounds next week.

Despite already securing Champions League football with a third-placed domestic finish, Solskjaer wants to end the season on a high.

He said: “For me, going into any game you want to win. We’re four games away from winning a trophy.

“The team has developed throughout the whole season. We are delighted with finishing third, [the] next step for this team is getting the hands on a trophy.

“We have been to two semi-finals and we want to go one step further and we want to win something.

“The players want to play, they don’t want the break. They’re bothering me all the time – they don’t want to rest, they want to play.

“It’s not easy to say they’re rested, especially with players of that quality. But we go into that tournament wanting to win.

“We go into this tournament with players wanting to win so they won’t be given a break, they will be called upon.”

Solskjaer hopes a first trophy will prove the springboard to a new era of success for United.

He added: “You can see when Sir Alex [Ferguson[ won the Premier League for the first team, that was the start of the Premier League era.

“When I won my first trophy as a player it made me more hungry. You saw the highs of it and how much it meant to everyone.

“As a coach I won the league first time with Molde, first time for the club in its 100-year history and since then they have won four times in eight or nine years. It was a big change in that club.

“If we can get our hands on a trophy, it’s a big step forward.

“I hope the players need to win, like I do. For me as a coach to lift the trophy is a different feeling to when you were a player, because you know you represent so much more than just a team.”

Solskjaer has confirmed Luke Shaw will be fit in time for the start of next season.

The left-back has been omitted from United’s squad for the remainder of the Europa League after suffering an ankle injury last month.

Axel Tuanzebe has had an operation on his foot, but should also be back by September.

Predicted Man United XI (4-3-1-2): Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred, Pereira; Lingard; Ighalo, James

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