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Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani have been named in Manchester United's travelling squad

Manchester United name 22-man squad for Champions League fixture as Anthony Elanga replaces Edinson Cavani

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Manchester United have named a 22-man squad for their Champions League clash with Young Boys on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is included in the Red Devils’ travelling party, following his two goals in Saturday’s thrashing of Newcastle in the Premier League.

But United’s previous No.7, Edinson Cavani, misses out, due to injury.

“Edinson got a knock in training,” confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the weekend.

“Maybe he’ll be [out for] a week or so, he’s still working his way up to full fitness from that one.”

Ronaldo and Pogba will lead United's first Champions League encounter in Switzerland

Ronaldo and Pogba will lead United’s first Champions League encounter in Switzerland ( Image:
Manchester United via Getty Imag)

In the Uruguayan’s absence, Anthony Elanga – named on United’s B-List – is included, as is young goalkeeper Matej Kovar.

He travels with Dean Henderson still not ready for first-team action, despite having made his comeback following a battle with the after-effects of coronavirus in the Under-23s at Arsenal over the weekend.

Injured England forward Marcus Rashford is also missing.

All eyes will focus on Ronaldo’s potential inclusion in the lineup, but Solskjaer insists he is not under pressure to play the Portuguese superstar – and will rest him when he sees fit.

“No, it’s not impossible to leave him out,” Solskjaer said. “He is 36.

“Mason (Greenwood) is 19, so it’s the same. I have to manage his minutes and I have to manage a 36-year-old’s minutes as well.”

And Solskjaer has no doubt that, as well as adding quality to the squad, the arrivals of Ronaldo and fellow new signing Raphael Varane will raise standards among the rest of the group.

The Norwegian said: “Of course. The more quality you add to the group, the more healthy the competition (is) and (the more) leaders (there are) who they look up to.

“I think seeing Raphael and Cristiano coming has raised everyone’s eyebrows because they are winners.

“They have won everything there is to win and they put demands on themselves which the young boys, the rest of the team, look at and think that is how you stay at the top.

“So it is only going to be good for everyone.”

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Matej Kovar

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek

Forwards: Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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