Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ole's team news update for Roma semi-final

Wednesday 28 April 2021 13:19

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the latest on his squad ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg with Roma.

The Italians are at Old Trafford for the 20:00 BST kick-off with a prize in the final in Poland awaiting the victors over the two ties.

After a battle with Leeds United at the weekend, the good news is there are no fresh injuries to report for the Reds.

"There are so many games!" Ole told us at the Aon Training Complex, ahead of his press conference. "They’re all fit and available, we didn’t lose anyone from the last game, which was good. It was a hard-fought game of course against Leeds, high intensity. We’re ready and we’ve had good preparation for the rest of the season.

Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford are in contention to feature, erasing any concerns over their fitness, with the latter carrying a foot problem.

"Both of them are available," explained the manager. "That’s good."

"We have managed Marcus and we have had to do it for quite a while," Solskjaer added. "I feel he's gone through the worst now. He's available for selection tomorrow, he's happy with the progress."

Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are still ruled out by injury, while there must be a decision in goal between Dean Henderson and David De Gea, with both keepers looking in top form of late.

"We hope we have a clean sheet and can build on that," continued Ole. "I'm probably the luckiest manager in world football - both [keepers] have had 20+ games this season, our clean sheet record is great and both Dean and David want to lift the trophy. Whoever we go with has the support of his team-mates."

Luke Shaw revealed in his press conference that, as expected, he will start the game against the Serie A side, after missing out on the 2017 Europa League final against Ajax due to injury.

"I was happy but it's not the same when I did not have the kit on," he said. "I was happy for the club and my team-mates. Luckily, tomorrow, I am playing."


We await Paulo Fonseca's press conference this evening, but Edin Dzeko should lead the line after sitting out the defeat at Cagliari, when the capital club rested some of their key individuals. The former Manchester City man has scored five goals in his previous four appearances at Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan and Smalling, who is fit again after struggling with a thigh problem, are both available but Pedro looks set to be absent through injury.

Gianluca Mancini is suspended, while Riccardo Calafiori and Nicolo Zaniolo have also been missing.