Edinson Cavani has been ruled out of Manchester United’s Champions League opener against Young Boys.
Manchester United are back in the Champions League and take on Young Boys on Tuesday night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken to the media on Monday evening ahead of the match to give the latest update on his squad of players.
The Reds will be trying to carry on the momentum following their impressive 4-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford with a brace.
Solskjaer’s side return to Europe’s biggest competition after a disappointing exit from the group stages last season, when Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig progressed as we entered the Europa League through a back door before reaching the final and losing against Villarreal.
“Of course, as you say we have had some very good, memorable nights at the club and they are the biggest nights,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. “The aim is to go all the way but we know it’s going to be difficult. It always is. But we’ve added some quality, experience and youth into the squad and hopefully we are better prepared for what’s to come.”
This year’s draw has been more favourable, although we’ve been grouped with Villarreal with bad thoughts from Gdansk still strong in memory.
Solskjaer confirmed that Edinson Cavani is out injured after staying behind whilst the rest of the squad travelled to Switzerland.
“Eddie is hopefully back with us soon, he had a slight strain during the international break in a behind-closed-doors game,” he said. “He’s working hard to come back.”
The boss also opened up on how he’s been researching tomorrow night’s opponents.
“It’s not just Ferencvaros games we’ve analysed they’re coming into form in the league as well and the Zurich game was very impressive. They are energetic attacking minded, we know it’s going to be a very difficult game.
“Astroturf is always a little bit of an advantage at home but we should be able to deal with it really well.”