Good morning Man Utd fans
Manchester United will face Atletico Madrid tonight in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone is addressing some serious concerns ahead of the game.
Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Yannick Carrasco are not participating in training, while there are also doubts about the fitness of Liverpool legend Luis Suarez.
On the other hand, United’s caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick will be absent Edinson Cavani due to groin problems preventing him from flying to Madrid.
Rangnick gave himself a fitness update following Sunday’s 4-2 win over Leeds.
Phil Jones is eligible to play in Europe again and of course Raphael Varane comes on from the bench at Elland Road.
United’s flight to Madrid for the Champions League match against Atletico was canceled at the last minute.
The Red Devils often fly with Russian airline Aeroflot to their European matches under a commercial deal.
But Tuesday’s flight, scheduled to take off at 4pm, was delayed amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Temporary boss Ralf Rangnick’s men have been traveling with UK-based charter airline Titan Airways instead.
According to The Athletic, the decision to cancel the flight was between the club and Aeroflot.
Russian Airlines describes itself as the ‘official carrier of Manchester United’ and has been a longtime sponsor.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his troops to move in and provide “peacekeeping functions” in Donetsk and Luhansk, two Russian-backed breakaway territories in Ukraine, which he recently announced. recognized as independent states.
Meanwhile, Man United will not stand in the way of Cristiano Ronaldo should he decide to leave in the summer.
Ronaldo has made it clear his frustration at United’s failure to challenge for the Premier League title in recent weeks.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils will not block a move if he wants to leave Old Trafford.
The 37-year-old star will have one year left on his contract, but the hierarchy will let him go.
Reports suggest the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is being wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Roma.
United were eventually fined £20,000 by the FA after failing to control their players against Brighton last week.
Several United aces surrounded referee Peter Bankes after Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk fouled Anthony Elanga early in the second half.
Initially, the referee gave Dunk a yellow card, but that card was raised to red after checking with VAR.
The original decision to just warn the defender was fiercely opposed by some Red Devils players.
Bruno Fernandes was booked for overreacting during the altercation.
The FA then announced that they charged the Manchester giants over the incident
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