Manchester United enter their final Champions League group stage fixture of the season with Bayern Munich visiting Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.
Manchester United‘s 2023/24 Champions League campaign has been nothing short of an absolute disaster, with the club just winning one of their five games so far and sitting bottom of their group on four points.
With Bayern Munich visiting, the only way the club can qualify for the knockout stages is if Erik ten Hag‘s men defeat their German opponents and the other group in the game, FC Copenhagen vs Galatasaray, ends in a draw.
Victor Lindelöf returned to training after missing the recent 3-0 loss against Bournemouth, while Anthony Martial missed training on Monday due to illness. Marcus Rashford also missed training with illness and almost missed the Bournemouth tie for the same reason, with an update on either player yet to come through.
Rashford missed United’s last game in the Champions League, the 3-3 draw with Galatasaray, due to suspension but is now available for selection again after serving his one-match ban.
Raphaël Varane and Jonny Evans are available for selection after both had previous injuries, with Ten Hag having them as options from the bench on the weekend.
Lisandro Martínez and Tyrell Malacia are all unavailable until 2024, with Amad Diallo recently returning to training but is not likely to be involved. Martinez initially joined in a section of training on Monday but then went back to training alone as he continues his rehabilitation.
Jadon Sancho remained banned from all first-team activities.
Casemiro, who was also not expected back until the new year, is back training on grass and may be available before the end of December, although no timeframe has been given.
For Bayern Munich, Serge Gnabry picked up a hamstring injury in their recent 5-1 defeat away to Eintracht Frankfurt and has not travelled to Manchester. Star player Jamal Musiala returned to the team on the weekend after a muscle issue kept him sidelined.
Matthijs de Ligt, who was once captain of Ajax under Erik ten Hag, has been pictured back in training after suffering a knee injury, but the centre-back is yet to be included in a matchday squad and did not travel to Manchester.
Bayern have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages and have already guaranteed the top spot in Group A, so Thomas Tuchel may choose to select a weaker side in order to protect his team’s fitness levels.
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