Harry Maguire has been named in the Manchester United squad to face Villarreal in the Europa League final. But there is no place for Anthony Martial who has been deemed unfit to feature in Gdansk.
United take on the Spanish side looking to end a strong season with silverware. They finished as runners-up in the Premier League and signed off for the season with a 2-1 win at Wolves on Sunday, and are firm favourites to win the Europa League when they face Unai Emery’s team on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for his first trophy since returning to the club as manager, and his hopes of getting it may well be boosted by the return of captain Maguire.
He has missed their last three matches with a knee injury and was seen at Old Trafford in crutches during last weekend’s win over Fulham, but he has been named in the 26-player squad who will travel to Poland.
Serious questions remain over whether he is fit to start, however, as BBC’s Simon Stoney claims he is still a ‘major doubt’ to start.
United note that Solskjaer will make a decision over Maguire’s involvement on the day of the game, but they acknowledge that it is ‘unlikely’ he will be named in the starting XI.
There had been hopes Martial would be ready to return in time for the final but his knee problem continues to keep him on the sidelines. He has been left out of the travelling party, and having failed to make the France squad for this summer’s Euros, he will focus on his rehab ahead of a return to action next season.
Youngsters Amad, Anthony Elanga and Shola Shoretire have also been named in the squad and with Solskjaer having five substitutes available to him, they could get some game time.