Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shed some light on the injury situation that Manchester United have ahead of tomorrow night’s second leg against AC Milan.
The first leg took place at Old Trafford last Thursday and ended in a 1-1 draw, as a header from former Atalanta winger Amad Diallo opened the scoring for United just after half-time but a last minute header from Simon Kjaer gave the Rossoneri a valuable away goal and a draw to bring back to San Siro.
Solskjaer spoke at his pre-match press conference on the eve of the trip to face Milan, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.
Who stays in Manchester and who will travel to Milan, including David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial?
“There are a couple that we need to evaluate if they are available. Martial is a definite no. Other than that, we are evaluating them as we speak, so some may travel others need to confirm if they are still available.”
Will Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek play? Could you comment on the rumours of van de Beek’s unhappiness?
“There is always speculation here. As I said, we are evaluating them. They trained and let’s see tomorrow if there is any answer or not. They all trained yesterday, they trained today and let’s see what answers there will be today. Donny yes he’s focused very hard, he’s working hard to come back for the last few games of the season now, so that’s our goal.”
What’s the situation with Eric Bailly and Shola Shoretire not having left? How long can we expect Martial to be out”
“Shola will play for the Under 23 and we thought it was a good opportunity for him. Eric has been evaluated and as regards the decision which team we will play with, we will see how everyone is tomorrow.”
How does San Siro rank among the best stadiums?
“I think I only played once in a friendly match at San Siro. I was mostly a spectator watching. Fantastic stadium with a story and when full, it’s an incredible place to play. Unfortunately we will play in a different atmosphere. Tonight we will become familiar with the stadium, we will take a little walk so that the boys can have an idea of what surrounds them.”
Does Diogo Dalot have a future at United?
“Yes, he does. The main thing for Diogo was to be fit. He never managed to be fit for a long time when he was here with injuries. Now he has kept fit all season, it has been available for them. He played in a great club with high expectations, a great club. So it was a good year for him. Of course, I have been very happy with his development this season and he is our player and we can’t wait to get him back.”
Can Cavani’s experience at San Siro help the team?
“Edinson has been training for a couple of days and we are still evaluating him. When he is in the club, his experience and influence on everyone else is great. He always tries to help everyone. When it comes to a match, the guys look to him. We hope that there are no negative reactions to the training he has done in the last few days and that he is available.”