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Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen. Europa League Quarter Final.


Manchester United 1

  • B Fernandes (95th minute pen)

FC Copenhagen 0

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    Monday 10 August 2020 20:11, UK

    Phil Jones during Manchester United's win at Tranmere this season
    Image: Phil Jones during Manchester United's win at Tranmere this season

    Team news and ways to follow ahead of Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen in the Europa League quarter-finals.

    Team news

    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 was named in United's 30-man squad for the Europa League final-eight tournament in Germany.

    Jesse Lingard scored United's equaliser 0:41
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Jesse Lingard has been working hard on his finishing and it showed with his goal against LASK in the Europa League

    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 and he will continue to work with a fitness coach at the Aon Training Complex, while the squad are in Germany."

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    Luke Shaw has been ruled out of the second leg against LASK on Wednesday
    Image: Luke Shaw has been ruled out of the game against Copenhagen

    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 omitted from the updated Europa League squad due to season-ending injuries.

    Solskjaer used to play 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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    Opta facts

    • Manchester United and FC København have only met twice previously, playing one another in the 2006-07 Champions League group stages - the Red Devils won 3-0 at Old Trafford before losing 1-0 in Copenhagen.
    • In 10 previous attempts, FC København's only victory against English sides in European competition was against Manchester United in November 2006 (D4 L5). They have failed to score in their last four games against English opponents.
    • This is FC København's first ever European quarter-final appearance, while they are the first Danish side to reach a major UEFA European quarter-final since Brøndby IF in the 1996-97 UEFA Cup. Brøndby IF are also the only Danish side to reach a major European semi-final, achieving that feat in the 1990-91 UEFA Cup.

    Charlie's prediction

    I am expecting a decent performance from Manchester United. As expected, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played a few differing names in their win again LASK, but he will want this trophy, understandably so. The United manager probably needed to throw in four or five to liven this team up.

    Solskjaer is convinced about Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, but I don't know about Anthony Martial. When Martial comes off the bench, he is desperate to be the top goalscorer, and he has an agenda for it, when sometimes he can look lacklustre.

    It would not surprise me if Martial and Rashford were seeing between them who will score the more goals. They pass to each other and the relationship between them is a healthy and competitive one.

    There is talk again surrounding the contract of Paul Pogba being renewed, but I don't see the longevity and relationship there to do it. I don't see it when they are targeting the likes of Jadon Sancho and other players, with Bruno Fernandes set to become an even bigger cog in the system.

    I am still not convinced defensively by United, but this is a game where I fancy them to win comfortably, and they are good value for a comfortable victory too.

    CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

    Quarter-final draw

    • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel
    • Manchester United vs Copenhagen
    • Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen
    • Wolves vs Sevilla

    Semi-final draw in full

    • Wolves or Sevilla vs Manchester United or Copenhagen
    • Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel vs Inter Milan or Bayer Leverkusen

    Europa League: key dates

    • Europa League quarter-finals: August 10/11 (8pm BST)
    • Europa League semi-finals: August 16/17 (8pm BST)
    • Europa League final: August 21 (8pm BST)

    For a full assessment of the Europa League state of play read more here

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