Manchester United sweats over fitness key players Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford before their UEFA Champions League match against Barcelona.
Manchester United will head La Liga champions Barcelona in the first leg in their quarter final in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
After pulling a miraculous comeback against PSG in the previous round, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side must again do it again with Catalans in unstoppable form. But Manchester United's cause has not been helped by injuries to several players entering the big game.
Defender Eric Bailly has been excluded from the leadership of the manager, who has also been the club captain Antonio Valencia. "Antonio [Valencia] and Eric [Bailly] are certainly out," sun shades revealed in his pre-match press conference.
Neither absence will probably hinder Norwegian plans that have found a reclining four in Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw, who are all prepared to align themselves with the front goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Midfield department is where Manchester United has been hit hard as Ander Herrera is excluded from the competition with an injury, while Nemanja Matic is also a major doubt about being involved on Wednesday night. "We still hope Nemanja can be ready, but Ander is probably out," Solskjaer said.
This could pave the way for academician Scott McTominay to start in the middle of the park. The shooter had done really well in the fight against PSG and was to introduce a similar performance against Barcelona. He will partner with World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba, who has to step in a big way after a few underhand screens.
While Fred and Andreas Pereira are available, Solskjaer will probably enter with a two-man midfield pivot and hand Jesse Lingard a start in number 10 role to increase Manchester United's chances of hitting Barcelona in pause.
Diogo Dalot is set to nod on the right flank to provide additional protection to Ashley Young against the races of Jordi Alba and cross the box for his teammates to attack. 19659003] The position on the left will be challenged by Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who had missed the last game with an ankle injury. Solskjaer, however, sounded hopeful in his press that the England International should be suitable and available for the Barcelona meeting.
"He needed an extra warming, and hopefully he won't get a reaction. He joined parts of it at the end, but he couldn't join the boxes, which is the fun part of the training. Let's see Tomorrow, hopefully he's ready, "Manchester United said. Should Rashford be in order, he will undoubtedly make it to the starting line.
Romelu Lukaku will start as the lone striker of Manchester United and seems to create problems for Barcelona's defense with his physical character.