Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has unveiled his squad for the Europa League opener against Astana FC of Kazakhstan.
Manchester United are back in the Europa League for this season at least and they will host Astana later on Thursday.
The Red Devils won the Europa League title in 2017 thereby securing a place in the Champions League in the following season.
Manchester United beat Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 in the Europa League final during that campaign.
Ahead of their return to the competition, Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that several players will miss the game against Astana.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Daniel James, Eric Bailly and Anthony Martial are expected to sit out the Europa League clash with Astana at the Theatre of Dreams.
Solskjaer is expected to welcome both Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot back from illness and injury respectively for the game.
Man Utd Provisional Squad: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Fred, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Charlie Wellens, Andreas Pereira, Tahith Chong, Jesse Lingard, Juan Manuel Mata, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford
Six Arsenal Players Ruled Out Of Europa League Clash
Six Arsenal players will miss the trip to Standard Liege FC of Belgium in the Europa League after the club provided the injury update on the team on Wednesday.
The Gunners will be guests of Standard Liege on Thursday night as they attempt to seal qualification for the knockout stage of the Europa League.
Arsenal need to secure a point from the Matchday Six clash or at least avoid a four-goal defeat to the Belgians to book their place in the next stage of the competition.
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The Gunners will be without the likes of Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin and Nicholas Pepe.
Swiss international midfielder Xhaka sufferer concussion during the 3-1 away win over West Ham in their London Derby clash in the Premier League on Monday night and will sit out the Standard Liege game as well as the Premier League game at home to holders Manchester City on Sunday evening as part of concussion procedure.
Spanish international Dani Ceballos sustained a hamstring injury in the Europa League Matchday Four clash at Vitoria Guimares FC of Portugal at the start of last month and he’s not expected back in action until the end of this month.
Probable Arsenal XI vs Standard Liege
Premier League giants Arsenal still have some work to do before they can confirm their place in the Round of 32 in the Europa League ahead of their final group game against Standard Liege FC of Belgium.
The Gunners travel to take on the Belgians in the Matchday Six clash in Group F with the North Londoners needing at least one point to seal passage to the next stage.
Arsenal can also risk defeat and still qualify for the next stage of the competition as long as they avoid the defeat of more than four unreplied goals.
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Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg got the first win of tenure on Monday night during the West Ham United game which ended in a 3-1 for his team with the help of three goals in ten second-half minutes from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicholas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has a lot of injury problems to deal with ahead of the Standard Liege game.
He could miss up to six players for the game with the likes of Nicholas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding all struggling with one problem or the other.
Possible Arsenal XI vs Standard Liege: Emiliano Martinez; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Kostantinos Mavropanos, Zach Medley; Matteo Guendouzi, Joe Willock, Emile Smith-Rowe; Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson
Liverpool Opponents For Champions League Knockout Stage Revealed
The possible knockout stage opponents for Champions League holders Liverpool have been revealed after the conclusion of the group stage.
Matches over the eight groups have been concluded on Wednesday night in the Champions League and 16 teams have emerged from 32 teams for the next stage (round of 16).
Champions League holders Liverpool are one of the 16 teams in the knockout stage of the competition this season after the Reds finished as the top team in Group E ahead of Napoli, Red Bull Salzburg, and Genk.
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Liverpool sealed their place in the next round with the 2-0 away win over Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg courtesy the goals Naby Keita and star forward Mohamed Salah in the second half.
The reigning European champions needed just one point to be assured of a last 16 spot before the Red Bull Salzburg game.
Liverpool have the possibility of meeting five teams in the round of 16.
The Reds can meet the likes of immediate past champions Real Madrid, debutants Atalanta, Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid, German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and French Ligue 1 club Lyon in the last 16 stage of the Champions League.
Liverpool won the Champions League title last season via the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their final clash.
Likely Man United XI vs AZ Alkmaar
Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar are already through to the round of 32 stage in the Europa League ahead of their Matchday Six clash at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
The final group game between two teams will definitely determine who will finish at the top of Group L with the advantage in the favor of hosts Manchester United.
The Red Devils have 10 points from the first five games in the group, while Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar have nine from five group matches.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make wholesale changes to his starting XI for the AZ Alkmaar with the Everton game in the Premier League at the weekend on his mind.
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The fringe players are expected to get some playing time against AZ Alkmaar.
The likes of Mason Greenwood, Sergio Romero, Axel Tuanzebe, Ashley Young and many more.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions ahead of the Europa League clash with their Dutch opponents including two straight wins.
Likely Manchester United XI: Sergio Romero; Ashley Young, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams; Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, Juan Manuel Mata; Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
Chelsea Scout In-form Bundesliga Striker Ahead Of January Window
Europa League holders Chelsea have scouted RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner according to the latest report from the London Evening Standard.
It was revealed that Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Timo Werner at his German Bundesliga outfit.
Timo Werner has been in sensational form for RB Leipzig who is one of the 16 teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
The petite German international has scored 15 goals and also assisted five more goals in his 14 league appearances for RB Leipzig this term.
Timo Werner is the second topscorer in the German Bundesliga this season behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who has 16 goals in this season’s German Bundesliga.
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RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner has scored 20 goals in 22 appearances for his team in all competitions including three goals in six Group G games in the Champions League.
He has also scored two goals and assisted two more goals in two games in the German Cup for the 2019/20 season.
RB Leipzig are in the Champions League last 16 after the Germans finished their Group G campaign at the top of the group.
The German Bundesliga team will find out their next opponents in the Champions League next week Monday with the likes of Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Chelsea amongst the teams they can face in the last 16.
Arsenal, Everton To Pay Huge Compensation Fee For Sacked Italian Manager
Premier League duo Arsenal and Everton have both been touted as the next destination for Carlo Ancelotti since the Italian manager was sacked from his position at Napoli earlier this week.
Carlo Ancelotti lost his job as the Napoli manager on Tuesday night despite leading the Italian Serie A side to victory in the Champions League.
According to the report from the Daily Mirror, Carlo Ancelotti was placed on gardening leave immediately after his dismissal meaning that the Italian tactician is still on the payroll at Napoli with interested clubs like Arsenal and Everton expected to pay huge compensation fee for him if they want him as their next manager.
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Carlo Ancelotti is not a stranger to the Premier League having been appointed the Chelsea manager in 2009.
He spent two seasons at Chelsea before being sacked in 2011.
Ancelotti won the Premier League title at Chelsea during the 2009/10 season thus becoming the second Blues boss to achieve the feat behind Jose Mourinho.
He was named the Napoli manager last summer and led them to second place in the league last season which was his first full campaign with the club.
Carlo Ancelotti lost his job as a result of a nine-game winless run until his last game, the 4-0 win over Genk FC of Belgium in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Juventus Rule Out January Transfer For Wantaway Man Utd Star
Italian Serie A giants Juventus have ruled out a possible move for wantaway Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba through their sporting director Fabio Paratici.
The Juventus sporting director spoke to CalcioMercato about the upcoming transfer window in January.
According to him, Juventus won’t be active in the January transfer window thus ruling out a move for Paul Pogba who was linked with a return to the Italian Serie A club in the summer.
Paul Pogba spent four years at Juventus between 2012 and 2016 following his free transfer move from Manchester United.
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The Frenchman joined Juventus as a teenager before leaving the club three years ago for a then world-record fee of £89m.
Pogba has previously expressed his desire to leave Manchester United but he remains on the payroll of the Red Devils.
He has less than two years left on his Manchester United contract and it remains to be seen whether the French World Cup winner will be at the club at the start of next season.
Manchester United still have the option of another year for Paul Pogba and that could take his contract until 2022.
Paul Pogba has played just six games for Manchester United in all competitions this season.