Paul Pogba returns for Man United’s Europa League clash at Celta Vigo

Paul Pogba returns for Man United’s Europa League clash at Celta Vigo


Paul Pogba is back in the Manchester United starting lineup for Thursday’s Europa League semifinal first leg at Celta Vigo.

The Frenchman missed the past two Premier League games after complaining of muscle fatigue but returned for the crucial clash in Spain.

Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford form the United attack, while Wayne Rooney returns to the bench following his start at the weekend.

Injured defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were left out, with only Smalling named to the bench after he featured in training this week.

Sergio Romero retains his spot in goal ahead of David De Gea as he has for each Europa League knockout stage game, behind a back line of Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian.

Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini join Pogba in midfield.

Next to Rooney and Smalling on the bench are Ashley Young, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial.

Celta start former Liverpool man Iago Aspas and ex-Manchester City forward John Guidetti, as well as Pione Sisto, who scored twice against United in the Europa League last year while with Midtjylland.

Man United XI: Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.

Celta Vigo XI: Sergio; Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Roncaglia, Jonny; Wass, Radoja, Tucu Hernandez; Aspas, Guidetti, Sisto.