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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United press conference LIVE

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the press on Wednesday afternoon as he previewed Manchester United’s upcoming Europa League quarter-final second leg fixture against Granada.

United won the first leg 2-0 in Spain last week thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. It marked the 22nd time the club have won the first leg of a European tie away from home – they have progressed from all 21 of their previous such ties.

In fact, under the competition’s current format, only one has side progressed from a knockout tie having lost the first leg by at least two goals at home – Sevilla versus Real Betis in 2013-14 (Sevilla lost 2-0 at home, won 0-2 away and progressed via penalties).

Solskjaer confirmed Eric Bailly would miss the match while Marcus Rashford is also a doubt.

Scroll to see how things unfolded in the pre-match press conference.

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United break silence on Jesse Lingard future amid West Ham form

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to say if Manchester United would offer Jesse Lingard a new contract when he returns from his loan spell with West Ham.

Lingard has pillaged eight goals in nine Premier League games to propel West Ham up to fourth in the table and the forward returned to the England squad for the first time in nearly two years for last month’s World Cup qualifiers.

You can read it all here.

KEY EVENT

United give Granada team news plus Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford injury updates

Marcus Rashford could sit out Manchester United ‘s Europa League quarter-final second leg with Granada.

Rashford, who scored in the first leg last week, did not participate in training on Tuesday or Wednesday due to an ongoing foot injury.

United are without suspended trio Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay, while David de Gea is expected to start in goal. Mason Greenwood, Daniel James or Amad could replace Rashford in the United attack.

You can read the full story here.

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Solskjaer gives bizarre theory on United’s underwhelming home form

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Manchester United’s poor home form this season could be down to the fact they are playing in front of red empty seats at Old Trafford.

You can read his full quotes here.

(Image: MUTV)

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Pick your United side vs Granada

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Marcus Rashford a doubt for tomorrow

An extra piece of team news.

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Solskjaer gives unusual reason why home form might have dropped

“You’ll see a change now the banners around the place. It is not red anymore, we have looked into this.

“It shouldn’t be any reason really. But, some of the players have mentioned that split second decision, red shirts on red seats, we have tried to change that along with anti-racism campaign. That was important it is not red anymore.

“If you have got a 4-0 advantage we didn’t really have to win that game. First-leg vs Milan we still played well.”

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Has mentality of squad changed?

“It is not up to me to say if their mentality has changed.

“Our job has been to get the best out of the players, that is different in every coaching style.

“I can feel change in the confidence. When I started rebuilding this squad we had a few months, seasons, to learn. They have learned on the job. Now we want to win a trophy, go as far as we can.”

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Hectic midweek schedule affected progress?

“You have to accept that.

“We have not been in a situation when we can think of any game as a given. It is a good way because then your coaching sessions are in the game really.

“What we have missed out on are the hours on the training ground.

“The biggest challenge was the lack of pre-season because you’d practice different way of playing, but we only had one game which was focused on fitness.”

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Eager to get business done early this summer?

“The transfer window will comes when it comes.

“I am just focusing on finishing the season strong.

“Everyone in this job would like to do deals as soon as possible, but my focus is on winning games.”

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Not worried by lack of leaders tomorrow

“We are a group of young players who want to improve and learn.

“Everyone has to lead, we have different ways to promote leaders. I am not worried about that.

“The team spirit always goes in front of any individual.”

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Axel Tuanzebe set to start tomorrow

“Axel has always been a very positive and hard working boy.

“Victor and Harry have formed a very good partnership, his chances have been limited. He is ready for this opportunity.

“I don’t think (abuse) affected him.”

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What to expect from Granada?

“It is a quarter-final in Europe, they need to score goals.

“We have seen them against Barcelona, Real Madrid how dangerous they can be.

“We have to play a good game and not give them those opportunities.”

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United can’t be complacent

“We have got a great foundation, but we have to win. They will give everything they have got.

“Momentum is big in football.”

KEY EVENT

Eric Bailly ruled out

“Eric is not available for tomorrow no. He has travelled back, yeah.”

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Jesse Lingard update

“Jesse has been brilliant since he left.

“We could have kept him, he has always got a part to play. Man United through and thorugh, never caused me a problem.

“He deserved a chance to play more football, that is why we left him go to West Ham.

“We would welcome him back, we hope he will go to the Euros. I hope he has strong finish to the league.

“It was different here. Bruno’s form in the same position. Delighted though for Jesse.”

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Hypocrisy to criticise Son Heung-min simulation?

“I think every manager has a certain values.

“When I got sent off against Newcastle many, many years ago I thought I did the right thing for the club.

“Sir Alex Ferguson absoloutely lambasted me after the game ‘We don’t win that way at Man United’

“We want to win playing by the book.”

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Resting players at risk of suspension?

“N.o. We go into game having to do everything we need to do to win. We don’t want any lazy yellow cards, just play the game properly.”

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Squad rotations?

“We have to make sure we go through, I always pick a team I think wll win a game.

“We will go into the game wanting to win this. We want to improve our performances. There will be a few changes, yeah. Some forced, some rotation.”

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Suspensions a benefit?

“It is never a positive not to have everyone available. But we have players ready to deputise. We are ready to deal with that.”

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Here we go

Live updates to follow.

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Not long to go

We’ll be hearing from Alex Telles and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from roughly 1pm BST.

A reminder Telles’ section won’t be in English, so we might not be able to translate his quotes immediately.

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The incredible record backing United tomorrow

With a 2-0 victory last week United won the first leg of a European tie away from home for the 22nd time – they have progressed from all 21 of their previous such ties.

(Image: Getty)

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Who is Will Fish? Latest United youngster to be called up

Will Fish is in contention to be involved in a Manchester United first-team matchday squad for the first time against Granada on Thursday.

Following the addition of young forward Anthony Elanga to the Europa League squad last week, centre-back Fish became the latest teenager to train with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Tuesday.

With Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay all suspended for the Europa League quarter-final second leg, and Eric Bailly unlikely to start after testing positive for Covid-19 on international duty, United are lacking cover in the heart of defence and Fish has been added to the club’s B list ahead of the game.

Here is all you need to know about him…

Fish in training on Tuesday

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United without three key players tomorrow

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are all suspended for the match tomorrow.

It could lead to an experimental squad with the likes of Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe and Donny van de Beek all potentially in line to feature.

KEY EVENT

United add Will Fish to Europa League squad

He trained with the first-team yesterday and young centre-back Will Fish has now officially been added to the Europa League B-List ahead of tomorrow’s match.

Will Fish trained with the seniors on Tuesday (Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

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Solskjaer will be joined by Alex Telles today

Luke Shaw is suspended for tomorrow so Alex Telles will start for United.

He’ll be at the press conference today too, although his section will be in Spanish – so not sure it will be translated immediately.

(Image: 2021 Manchester United FC)

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