For the trip to Astana in Kazakhstan on Thursday, Manchester United will have a squad with more youngsters than usual. There will be many debutants in the line-up that will feature U-23 players that will get valuable experience. The match will start at 10:50 am ET in the US.
Goalie Lee Grant will make his debut for the club at 36, the one that he supported as a boy. While D’Shon Bernard, Ethan Laird and Dylan Levitt will make their debuts also.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about why he picked this squad. He named an 18-man squad for the game and Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw are also back in the squad.
“It’s common sense,” said Ole. “We’ve done great to qualify after four games and it gives us an opportunity to give game time to experienced lads who need it. Axel [Tuanzebe], Luke and Jesse have not really had too many games and are coming back from injuries.
“It’s a great chance for me to give Lee his first start for the club. It’s hard with young kids to give them enough games against men, professional games. We’ve got the EFL trophy but, for me this is a great chance to see them together.”
Full squad: Lee Grant, Matej Kovar; D’Shon Bernard, Ethan Laird, Teden Mengi, Luke Shaw, Max Taylor, Axel Tuanzebe; Ethan Galbraith, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Dylan Levitt, Jesse Lingard, Arnau Puigmal; Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, D’Mani Mellor, Largie Ramazani.