Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops Man Utd Europa League team news hint after Wolves selection
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his decision to start Dean Henderson on the final day of the Premier League season will have no effect on who plays in the Europa League final. Henderson replaced David de Gea between the sticks for the Red Devils as Solskjaer’s side aimed to go an entire league campaign unbeaten away from home when they visited Wolves on Sunday.
Henderson enjoyed a spell as United’s Premier League goalkeeper from the start of April, with De Gea returning to Spain for the birth of his first child.
The England international started five straight top-flight matches until De Gea returned for the 2-1 home defeat to Leicester on May 11.
De Gea also started the 1-1 draw with Fulham last week, with Henderson starting the match in-between against rivals Liverpool.
De Gea has been the preferred option in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
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The Red Devils face Villarreal in the final in Gdansk on Wednesday.
But Solskjaer says Henderson’s inclusion at Molineux is no clue to his selection midweek.
“No it doesn’t but Dean is ready for a game again,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
“David played the previous one. Dean’s had a very good season and I want him to show his personality and quality behind a team that’s not played too many games together.
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“We played a similar one against Leicester, it’ll be a test for him.”
Solskjaer is also aggrieved that Villarreal will have 24 hours more preparation time for Wednesday’s match, with the La Liga campaign coming to a close on Saturday.
“Yeah of course we’ve got Wednesday in mind,” Solskjaer said of his selection.
“I thought it was quite poignant [sic] that La Liga move all their games to the day before so Villarreal can play their full strength team just to prepare for the final.
“I think we could look after ourselves more as well, could get some help. So I had to make these changes.”
Solskjaer gave a further update on the fitness of his captain Harry Maguire, who remains out with ankle ligament damage.
The Norwegian said: “Still walking very gingerly. He’s travelling of course.
“I’ll give him until Wednesday afternoon to decide on that one but I don’t hold my hopes too high.”
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