Juventus squad vs Manchester United confirmed as four players miss out through injury

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Juventus will be without four players against Manchester United on Wednesday night but Max Allegri has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to score.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Douglas Costa will not be in contention to face Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

 

 

The Brazil international, who signed from Bayern Munich in the summer, joins former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on the treatment table at the Serie A outfit.

Winger Federico Bernardeschi, who has scored three goals this season, and 18-year-old forward Moise Kean are also ruled out as Juventus look to confirm their spot in the round of 16 against Jose Mourinho's side.

Allegri was coy on the availability of France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who suffered an injury set back in the Old Lady's 3-1 win against Cagliari on Saturday.

"I'm not sure whether to rest Matuidi tomorrow or not," he said. "He is player who plays with heart even when he isn't in the best condition. Sami Khedira is in good shape."

Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to start in Turin after scoring seven goals in 10 games, and Allegri backed the former Reds favourite to score against his former employers.

"I'm sure that Cristiano will play," he added. "He has more or less only played one game so far and he managed to get an assist. I hope that he will score tomorrow."

Paulo Dybala scored the only goal of the game when Juventus took three points from Old Trafford two weeks ago, but Allegri has eyed an improved performance on home soil.

Tomorrow, we will have to do better than we did in Manchester," the 51-year-old explained.

"They are a team that can be dangerous at any point in the match, they have great pace with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez.

"Right now things are going well. Tomorrow, we could reach our first objective, qualification for the next round of the Champions League.

"What matters most is getting to March in good shape and competing on all fronts."

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