Man United set to miss up to 5 key players for Europa League tie against Real Sociedad

Man United set to miss up to 5 key players for Europa League tie against Real Sociedad

- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a squad selection headache as Man United prepare to take on Real Sociedad in Europa League

- Solskjaer is set to miss the services of a number of players through injuries, including Paul Pogba who is yet to shake off his thigh injury

- Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay are also major doubts for the fixture after they suffered minor injuries during training earlier in the week

- New signing Amad Diallo is expected to play a role in attack in what will be his debut for the Red Devils' senior team

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Man United could be without a number of first team players when they take on La Liga side Real Sociedad in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 clash on Thursday evening, February 18.

Man United to miss up to 5 key players for crucial Europa clash vs Real Sociedad

Martial and Scott McTominay are also major doubts for the fixture after they suffered minor injuries during training earlier in the week. Photo by Matthew Peters.
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The development could now force United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to draft a makeshift side to play Sociedad for the away tie.

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According to Mirror UK, up to five players are scheduled to miss the encounter in Turin, with Paul Pogba among the first team stars all but ruled out of the tie.

Pogba is currently nursing a thigh injury picked during the Red Devils' 3-3 draw with Everton at Old Trafford a couple of days ago.

Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial are the other players expected to play no role in the fixture.

The pair of Martial and McTominay pulled up with minor injuries during training earlier in the week to hand Solskjaer a big squad selection headache.

However, the two are due to join the rest of the squad to fly to Turin and will face a major fitness test beforehand to determine if they can be involved.

But that cannot be said of Cavani and Van de Beek as they have not travelled with the team after they picked knocks this week.

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That leaves Solskjaer with a huge dilemma especially in midfield and attack - meaning, Marcus Rashford could be drafted to lead the line to free up space for new Amad Diallo who is in line to make his United debut.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Adnan Januzaj has slammed former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ahead of his return to Old Trafford on February 25 for their Europa League second-leg clash.

The 26-year-old was promoted to the Red Devils senior team in 2013 and made his competitive debut for them in the Community Shield clash.

However, he wasn't given enough time to develop as the Dutch manager initially sent him on loan to Borrusia Dortmund in 2015 and Sunderland in 2016 before eventually selling him off in 2017.

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The Belgian will now face off with the Red Devils in the rounds of 32 of the UEFA second-tier championship in Spain this week - the first time he will be playing against them since he left.

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