Man Utd's Cavani, Martial set for return against AC Milan
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Manchester United attackers Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial are expected to play in the Europa League last-16 return leg against AC Milan on Thursday, according to coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The pair missed United’s match against West Ham on Sunday, where they beat the Hammers 1-0 after Craig Dawson scored an own goal.

In a news conference, Solskjaer said:

“It’s very likely Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial are fit, Donny van de Beek, hopefully as well.”

Man Utd's Cavani, Martial set for return against AC Milan
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David De Gea, the team’s first-choice goalkeeper, has returned from paternity leave in Spain, and Paul Pogba will soon return from a thigh injury.

“Paul even might make the trip and David is back from isolation … So a stronger squad to travel with,” said Solskjaer.

“We need them back. We want to improve on last season. It’s a massive week for us.”

Manchester United will play Leicester City in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, following the AC Milan game.

Man Utd close in on Champions League return

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Manchester United strengthened their hold on a return to the Champions League next season with a 1-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday, thanks to Craig Dawson’s own goal.

United regained second place in the Premier League with the win, closing the gap on league leaders Man City to 14 points.

Despite having a match in hand on their closest rivals, the United are unlikely to catch Pep Guardiola’s side, but they do now have a nine-point lead over the Hammers in the race for Champions League spots.

Former United manager David Moyes has struggled to win at Old Trafford in 15 tries. The Scot was left to regret an unnecessarily conservative approach before slipping behind at the start of the second half.

Lukasz Fabianski brilliantly turned Greenwood’s fierce left-footed shot into the post, demonstrating why the 35-year-old Pole was given a new one-year deal this week.

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Fabianski had little chance of stopping the game’s only goal when Dawson’s header from Bruno Fernandes’ corner flashed into his own net eight minutes into the second half.

After a full year without crowds at their 75,000-seat stadium, the hosts kept on for their fourth consecutive Premier League clean sheet to close in on the much-needed support of Champions League football next season.

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