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Tuesday 25 May 2021 17:54, UK
Man Utd will be hoping to end their season with silverware as they take on Villarreal in the Europa League final on Wednesday, with Harry Maguire facing a race against time.
Maguire named in United squad
Maguire has been named in Manchester United’s 26-man squad for the Europa League final against Villarreal on Wednesday in Gdansk.
United’s club captain missed the final four games of the domestic season due to an ankle injury and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week the defender was “unlikely” to be available in Poland. Maguire had played every minute of every league game since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer of 2019, but was forced off at Aston Villa two weeks ago with ankle ligament damage.
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Anthony Martial appeared as a substitute during the 2017 Europa League final victory in Stockholm but will not be involved this time around.
The forward has been absent for two months due to a knee injury sustained with France during the March international break and, despite returning to training over recent weeks, he is deemed to be not yet ready for first-team action.
Solskjaer confirmed he will wait until the day of the final to make a decision on whether the 28-year-old can be involved or not.
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Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have competed for the two centre-back spots in recent games and all travel to Poland in the hope of being selected.
Man Utd's Europa League final squad
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant, Nathan Bishop
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams
Midfielders: Amad Diallo, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Daniel James, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek
Forwards: Edinson Cavani, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Shola Shoretire.
Why May 26 is special for Man Utd
Solskjaer is looking to lead United to glory 22 years to the day since he completed the treble by scoring a last-gasp winner against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
Sir Alex Ferguson was in the hotseat that night and travelled with the squad to Poland, while May 26 is also the birthday of the late Sir Matt Busby.
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“We have five wins in Europe, we’ve lost twice to Barcelona,” Solskjaer said. “These are big nights for us. It might be the stepping stone for something better to come, a bright future because this team is a young team.
“It’s a team that we’ve rebuilt over the last couple of years, so hopefully this is the start of something more.
“Of course Sir Alex is with us, we know the 26th of May is Sir Matt’s birthday. But the players when they sign for Man United, they sign to win trophies.
“They accept the challenge of being the best because this is the best club in the world, so that’s the pleasure of the pressure of Man United.
“That’s something they are ready for because they wouldn’t have signed here if they weren’t top players.”
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On his own special contribution to United’s history on May 26, Solskjaer added: “I don’t even think about that. I’m always looking forward and thinking about the next decision, making the right decision for the club.
“I never think about my CV, never. I think about making sure the players are ready. If you have to make decisions tomorrow, then you do it.
“I’ll speak to the subs and tell them they might have to play a big part. Players can be disappointed, they can be angry with me but they should enjoy it because you don’t play too many finals in your life.”
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“If Man Utd can win on Wednesday, this has been a really good season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it would demonstrate great progress.
“Then you are talking about recruitment – you are talking about Varane, Kane, Haaland, Sancho. Those players that you know can take them to that next level. There would be numbers in those attacking areas which means they would become more exceptional in front of goal.
“Then a player at the back that would give that partnership alongside Maguire that you could see being there for three or four years and would really challenge and put United at the forefront of challenging City and Liverpool.
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