Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer admits to final selection dilemma

Monday 24 May 2021 07:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he has at least one issue to ponder as he plans his line-up for Wednesday's Europa League final with Villarreal.

Speaking after the 2-1 win at Wolves that ended the Premier League campaign on a high for the second-placed Reds, the boss was asked about a debate that has emerged over whether Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood will start in Gdansk.

Both forwards have played key roles in helping the Reds go all the way in the competition and they were rested at Molineux by remaining on the bench throughout.

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When asked if he had a dilemma regarding the pair, Ole replied: "Yeah, you might say so. Both of them have done really well but we’ll see. We’ll pick a team that I think will make problems for Villarreal but, luckily, I could rest both of them today. They’ll both be knocking on my door [laughs].”

If Harry Maguire is ruled out then there will also be a decide made of who will presumably partner Victor Lindelof at the heart of the back four, although the skipper is still being given a chance to prove he can make it, despite suffering ankle-ligament damage against Aston Villa recently.

"I'll wait for Wednesday," stressed the manager. "Maybe see if he can run on Tuesday. He's a bit away so I don't expect him to be ready, no. Of course, Harry wants to play. It's going to be up to the doctor to say how he is. As I’ve said, I don’t expect him to be ready. But I’m forever an optimist and still hopeful.

“He has to train on Tuesday when we’re over there. So it’s not many days. I don’t expect him to be ready.”

When asked if David De Gea will return to keep goal against his fellow Spaniards, Ole told BT Sport before kick-off: "No it doesn't [mean David starts final]. Dean is ready for a game again. David played the previous one. Dean has had a very good season and I want him to show his personality and quality behind a team that's not played too many games together, although we played a similar one against Leicester."

The United squad is due to fly to Poland on Monday in readiness for the big European night on Wednesday (20:00 BST kick-off).