Edinson Cavani.

Late change to United's travelling squad

Wednesday 17 March 2021 15:06

Manchester United have made a late alteration to the travelling squad for the Europa League round-of-16 second leg against AC Milan on Thursday.

While there is good news regarding David De Gea, Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba, who do make the trip and should be available for selection, unfortunately Edinson Cavani suffered a reaction in the final training session before boarding the flight at Manchester Airport.

The Uruguayan was always facing a race against time to make the clash, with the scores level 1-1 after the first leg, but will now remain in England along with Eric Bailly, who was also being assessed.

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"We are happy to have Donny back, Paul and David," Ole explained to MUTV's Mark Sullivan. "Big players. Unfortunately, it looks like Edinson has got a bit of a reaction to training today and didn’t feel ready to travel.

“Eric is being assessed. I might be wrong there [in saying he was out]. He might have turned around and said he’s ready but he didn’t train this morning.”

The centre-back has also not made the squad, following a late assessment of his fitness.

The manager had explained at his press conference that players were still being checked and the Reds will have to go forward without Cavani, who has been absent since being withdrawn in the draw at Crystal Palace last month.

With Anthony Martial also sidelined, there could be another opportunity for Mason Greenwood in attack after his bright display against West Ham United, although Marcus Rashford is another great option to play down the middle.


De Gea, Henderson, Grant; Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Williams; Amad, Fernandes, Fred, James, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, van de Beek; Greenwood, Rashford.

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United have one more fixture following the Milan game before the international break.

On Sunday, Ole's Reds travel to Leicester City for an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final at the King Power Stadium.