United not rushing trio back

25 February 2021 01:52:23 GMTPlus10

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay will not be ready to return in Thursday's Europa League clash with Real Sociedad.

With United travelling to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea in the Premier League, squad rotation was always going to be likely, but the former Old Trafford forward - who has been in charge since December 2018 - may have his hand forced in certain positions with a number of his stars still missing.

A Bruno Fernandes double helped United to a 4-0 win over La Real in the first leg a fortnight ago to put them in complete control of the tie ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Imanol Alguacil's side have been in good form of late and the loss to the Red Devils is the only blemish on their record since January.

They currently occupy fifth place in La Liga, while United - who have lost just once in their last 13 - are the nearest pursuers to Premier League leaders Manchester City with 49 points from 25 games.

When asked by the media in his pre-match press conference about the currently sidelined quartet of Pogba, McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Cavani, Solskjaer replied: "They'll still be missing. They've not joined training so they won't be ready.

"Paul has been outside on the grass and is starting to step up his recovery but he's not near the team for this game. It'll be more or less the same squad that we had against Newcastle."

United are 2.05 to win the second leg, Real Sociedad are 3.40 and the draw is 3.75.

The Red Devils are 1.40 to win the Europa League.

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