Manchester United will be without three key attacking players when they face Real Sociedad on the road in tomorrow’s Europa League group stage clash.
Earlier today, the club provided an update from the training session where it was revealed that Antony and Jadon Sancho were not involved with the main group.
In a further update on their official website, it has been confirmed that Antony and Sancho won’t be part of the travelling side to Spain due to different reasons.
Antony, who was ruled out with an injury last weekend, is currently going through individual training work while Sancho has been sidelined with an illness.
Meanwhile, Martial has been training with the team this week, but it appears that manager Erik ten Hag has decided against picking him in the 23-man squad.
The Frenchman has overcome his third injury of the season, but he won’t feature against the San Sebastian outfit as he aims to build up his own fitness.
Here is the 23-man squad to face Sociedad:
Goalkeepers – David De Gea, Martin Dubravka, Radek Vitek.
Defenders – Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Midfielders – Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Fred, Casemiro, Facundo Pellistri, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Zidane Iqbal.
Forwards – Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Elanga, Shola Shoretire, Alejandro Garnacho.
United are currently three points behind Sociedad in Group E of the Europa League. They must win by two clear goals tomorrow in order to claim the top position.
The Red Devils are obviously missing several key players for the game but the same can be said for Sociedad, who are without seven stars including David Silva.
Irrespective of this, United should be fancied to beat the La Liga outfit as they are in a better run of form.
The club have had a dreadful record against Spanish opposition over the past decade, but they must turn up with a strong performance and a resounding win tomorrow.
Top spot in the group guarantees progress to the last 16 of the competition. The second-placed side will have an extra round of knock out games which won’t be easy.
This season, we have the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Ajax dropping into the last 32 from the Champions League. With the hectic schedule, this is the last thing United want.
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