Europa League match preview Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen. Team news and ways to follow ahead of United vs Copenhagen in the quarter-finals.
Phil Jones has not travelled with Manchester United to the Europa League finals due to a knee injury, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
The 28-year-old has endured a tough season and January’s FA Cup fourth-round win at Tranmere was the last of eight appearances in all competitions.
Jones has been absent since football resumed from the coronavirus suspension. But he was in United’s 30-man squad for the Europa League final-eight tournament in Germany.
However, the defender will not feature in the quarter-final against Copenhagen or beyond due to a knee issue that saw him remain in Manchester.
“Phil has been following an individualised training programme during the post-lockdown period to optimise recovery from a knee problem,” Solskjaer told the United website.
“It was a good opportunity as we had sufficient cover in defensive positions for the remaining Premier League games. He will continue to work with a fitness coach at the Aon Training Complex, while the squad are in Germany.”
Ethan Galbraith, Ethan Laird and 18-year-old defender Teden Mengi, who made his debut against LASK on Wednesday, are among those in the squad in Cologne. Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw were not in the updated Europa League squad due to season-ending injuries.
Solskjaer played with Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken, who acknowledges United are big favourites.
Guillermo Varela, who played 11 times for United during the 2015/16 season, will line up at right-back. Jonas Wind scored twice and provided an assist against Basaksehir, making him Copenhagen’s danger man.
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