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Press Conference: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Pogba, van de Beek, Martial, Bailly, Cavani injuries, Dalot future, AC Milan and more

Press Conference: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Pogba, van de Beek, Martial, Bailly injuries, Dalot future, AC Milan and more

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Manchester United are set to face AC Milan in the second leg of the Europa League round 16 on Thursday.

Red Devils picked up a 1-1 draw in the first leg and will be looking to qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Ahead of the match head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has talked to the press, provided injury updates and shared his thoughts on the upcoming rivals.

On Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial, United boss said:

“There’s a couple we need to assess. Martial is a definite no-go, others we need to speak and decide when we travel, still needing to confirm whether they’re available.”

“There’s always speculation here. They’ve been involved with the trainign session. Let’s see tomorrow whether there’s any reaction or not. Donny hasd been working really hard to get back available for the latter stages of the season now. That’s our focus.”

On Shola Shoretire, Eric Bailly and Edinson Cavani, Solskjaer said:

“Shola [Shoretire] will be playing for the Under-23s, so we felt that was right for him. Eric [Bailly] is being assessed.

“And with regards to the decision-making on what team we’re going to play, let’s see how everyone feels tomorrow.

“Edinson has trained for a couple of days now and we’re still assessing him. When he’s in and around the club, his experience and influence on others is great. He always tries to help everyone.

“And when it comes to a game, the lads look to him. Hopefully there’s no reaction to the training he’s had and he’ll be available.”

On the upcoming Milan clash, the Norwegian manager said:

“We saw the game last week and how difficult its going to be. A physical side, loads of energy and good quality in the team. We need to perform at our best level to go through. We’ve never been too lucky with draws since I’ve been here!

“Tomorrow night is going to be about loads of things: quality, experience, game management, a good start of course. I always enjoy being away from home in the second leg, that means so much more then you score a goal. “

On Diogo Dalot’s future, Solskjaer said:

“The plan was always for Diogo this season, the main thing was him to be fit. He never managed to be fit for a long spell when he was here, unfrountate with injuries.

“He’s now playing for a big club, he’s been available for them, so it’s been a good year for him. I’ve been very pleased with his development this season. He’s our player and we’re looking forward to having him back.”

Source- Manchester Evening News

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