Good morning Manchester United fans.
Manchester United will take on Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 at the Wanda Metropolitano tonight.
Atlético manager Diego Simeone is dealing with a number of serious issues ahead of the match.
Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Yannick Carrasco were not involved in training, and there are doubts about the suitability of Liverpool legend Luis Suarez.
Interim United manager Ralph Rangnick, on the other hand, will miss Edinson Cavani due to a groin problem that kept him out of a flight to Madrid.
After Sunday’s 4-2 win over Leeds, Rangnick kept further news of his fitness to himself.
Phil Jones is back in Europe and of course Rafael Varane came off the bench at Elland Road.
United’s flight to Madrid for the Champions League game against Atlético was canceled at the last minute.
The Red Devils usually fly to their European games with the Russian airline Aeroflot under a commercial agreement.
But Tuesday’s flight, which was due to take off at 4 p.m., was canceled due to rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Interim boss Ralph Rangnick’s men instead traveled with UK-based charter airline Titan Airways.
According to The Athletic, the decision to cancel the flight was mutual between the club and Aeroflot.
The Russian airline calls itself “the official carrier of Manchester United” and is a longtime sponsor.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to enter and provide “peacekeeping functions” in Donetsk and Luhansk, two Russian-backed separatist territories in Ukraine that he recently recognized as independent states.
Meanwhile, United will not interfere with Cristiano Ronaldo if he decides to leave in the summer.
In recent weeks, Ronaldo has made clear his frustration at United’s failure to challenge for the Premier League title.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils will not block if he wants to leave Old Trafford.
The 37-year-old star had one more year left on his contract, but the hierarchy let him go.
Reports say the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Roma.
Finally, the FA fined United £20,000 for failing to control their players against Brighton last week.
Several United aces surrounded referee Peter Banks after Seagull captain Lewis Dunk fouled Anthony Elang early in the second half.
The referee first showed Dank a yellow card, but after checking with VAR, it was upgraded to red.
The initial decision to issue only a warning to the defender provoked violent protests from several Red Devils players.
Bruno Fernandes received a warning for overreacting during a fight.
The FA then announced that it had blamed the Manchester giants for the incident.