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Manchester United will not be able to count on Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig as a result of minor injuries.
Cavani was withdrawn at halftime during Saturday’s comeback against West Ham in the Premier League, while Martial was also substituted later with just an hour on the clock.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that both players have “minor drawbacks” and will not be part of the team traveling to Germany for the crucial match.
However, there is room on the plane for goalkeeper David De Gea, who was replaced by Dean Henderson for the West Ham game, and left-back Luke Shaw, who has been suffering from hamstring discomfort since leaving. limping from United’s win over Everton in early November.
The absences of Martial and Cavani against Leipzig, with United needing to avoid defeat to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, likely means that Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata return to the starting eleven. Mason Greenwood will also keep his place.
Greenwood scored the lead goal against West Ham on Saturday night, showing the best of his natural ability as a clinical finisher. But it was his first in the Premier League so far this season after a rocky start to his second full year as a first-team player.
The 19-year-old scored earlier in the campaign against Leipzig in the Champions League and that should cheer him up before facing them again now.
United still have a chance to top their group and be seeded in the round of 16 draw, but they are confident that Istanbul Basaksehir will take points away from Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes and must also improve the result they get the French champions.
If PSG win, United cannot finish first as a result of lower head-to-head goal difference.