Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Provides Positive Manchester United Team News Ahead of Champions League

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided a largely positive update on the fitness and availability of several squad members ahead of their Champions League group stage meeting with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Solskjaer oversaw a famous victory against the French giants in March 2019 before he secured the permanent role as Manchester United manager. The Red Devils repeated the feat on the opening week of this season’s Champions League group stage, winning 2-1 at Parc des Princes.

After four games played, Manchester United top their group, three points ahead of both PSG and RB Leipzig. The Premier League side’s only defeat in the competition this season surprisingly came against Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir.

Manchester United prepared for Wednesday’s match with a thrilling comeback away to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, though the fitness of both goalkeeper David De Gea and left-back Alex Telles was put in doubt after the pair were substituted during the match.

With 23-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe suspended for the upcoming tie after collecting three yellow cards in the competition, Solskjaer delivered the latest fitness news ahead of PSG’s visit to Old Trafford.

“You know it’s going to be a challenge every time you have the Champions League nights to keep players away,” as quoted by Manchester United’s official website.

David De Gea was forced off at half-time during Manchester United's Premier League meeting with SouthamptonDavid De Gea was forced off at half-time during Manchester United's Premier League meeting with Southampton
David De Gea was forced off at half-time during Manchester United’s Premier League meeting with Southampton | Robin Jones/Getty Images

“Because they all want to be fit [to play] and everyone has been on the training pitch today. We’re looking good. I think all of them are champing at the bit. David [De Gea] trained well today, as did the rest of the group. It was a good session.”

Left-back Luke Shaw has missed United’s last three matches while Anthony Martial was left out of the squad at St Mary’s on the weekend. Solskjaer provided an update on both players, revealing: “Anthony got through the session and felt okay, so he’s also available for selection. 

“Luke is probably the biggest doubt but the rest of them are holding their hands up saying: ‘I’m ready’. Luke isn’t too far away so let’s see what we do with him for tomorrow. Then, of course, Phil [Jones] has been away for a long time but now we’re getting more and more players ready to participate in every game.”