Manchester United have little to play for in their last outing of the Premier League season against Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Sunday.
A top six completion is as of now assured, while they’d need at least three goals and Burnley to avoid a thrashing at home to Arsenal to climb one spot.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 9, 2019
The guests for the last round of the campaign are now ensured the eighteenth spot and transfer back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Talking at his last pre-match press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided the media with injury update and team news on Friday.
Eric Bailly is a confirmed absentee, with the Ivorian likely to be out of the late spring’s Africa Cup of Nations as well.
Captain Antonio Valencia has been out for 5-6 months; however, the manager is trusting that the Ecuadorian will most likely feature against the Bluebirds, Ole told MUTV:
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“I spoke to Antonio yesterday. He’s not been fit the five or six months I’ve been here, unfortunately. He’s really struggled, but he feels that he could play a part and I would hope that he gets through today and tomorrow and we could give him a nice send-off because he’s been a fantastic servant to the club.
“He’s been Player of the Year, he’s been captain at the club, and I think that’s only fair.”
United’s number two Sergio Romero has been missing as of late so anticipate that Lee Grant should be among the substitutes this end of the week.
Jesse Lingard has been out recently and may well miss our last game of the season, as might Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Greenwood, who had been expected to make an appearance in the last few games of the season before his injury.