Edinson Cavani will miss Manchester United’s opening Champions League game against Young Boys on Tuesday with a “minor injury”, but Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in the travelling squad.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Cavani will be sidelined for a “week or so”. Winger Anthony Elanga, 19, is included in the 22-man squad, alongside 21-year-old goalkeeper Matej Kovar.
Portugal forward Ronaldo, who scored twice at the weekend on his first game back for the club, has been named in the squad for his first Champions League trip with the Reds since featuring in the 2009 final, in which they were beaten 2-0 by Barcelona.
‘A squad that can challenge’ – Solskjaer
Solskjaer said the arrival of Ronaldo, as well as England forward Jadon Sancho and World Cup winner Raphael Varane during the summer transfer window, means he has a squad capable of competing on all fronts this season.
“It’s up to us to get results and to prove to ourselves that we can win trophies,” Solskjaer. “It’s the most magical feeling in the world to be part of a winning Manchester United team.
“We’ve had enough disappointments, that’s for sure, and some big moments as well. “But this team has grown and matured over the last few seasons. That was always the plan [when I came in], we said in three years’ time we’d have a squad with experience and quality that could challenge.
“With the ones we’ve signed it makes it easier to rotate and I’ve definitely told the team that as well – I do trust all the members of the squad.”
Manchester United travelling squad
De Gea, Heaton, Kovar, Bailly, Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Varane, Wan-Bissaka; Fernandes, Fred, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Pogba, Sancho, Van de Beek; Elanga, Greenwood, Martial, Ronaldo.