Manchester United will be without two of their key players when they take on Club Brugge in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday in Belgium.
Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay did not travel with the rest of the squad to Belgium. Despite resuming training with the first team after an injury layoff, McTominay is not yet ready to feature and was left in Manchester, Greenwood’s absence is not and it could be due to a family issue.
The Scottish man had been one of United’s key players this season before his injury in December that sidelined him for a couple of weeks. Greenwood, on the other hand, is United’s top scorer in the Europa League this season with four goals to his name. He has scored ten across all competitions.
Greenwood’s absence and Marcus Rashford’s injury could provide Odion Ighalo with an opportunity to make his start for United after coming on as a late sub against Chelsea on Monday at Stamford Bridge.
The Nigerian striker joined United in January on a loan deal until the end of the season from Shanghai Shenhua. He was signed following a long-term injury to Marcus Rashford.
Another new acquisition Bruno Fernandes who has impressed in the last two league matches will also make his Europa League debut in Belgium after being named in the traveling party. Change is ‘cup tie’ rule means he can play for United despite having played for Sporting in the group stage.