Manchester United are scheduled to face Astana on the road during Thursday’s Europa League meeting. The Red Devils have already progressed to the knockout stage of the competition with two games to spare and this has contributed towards Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picking a very young squad for the Kazakhstan trip.
Lee Grant, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Jesse Lingard are the only experienced players, who have travelled for the midweek clash but there are still plenty of known faces in the form of Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Angel Gomes.
Prior to the game, Solskjaer has also confirmed three debutants in Dylan Levitt, Ethan Laird, Di’Shon Bernard from the starting lineup but a few more are expected to make their first-team bows during the backend of tomorrow’s European clash.
Lee Grant is set to earn his maiden start for the club. The 36-year-old’s only previous appearance for the Red Devils came off the bench against Derby County in the Carabao Cup third round last season, where United lost on penalties.
In the defence, Tuanzebe and Bernard seem destined to feature at the heart of the backline. At right-back, teenager Laird is likewise expected to feature. Elsewhere, Luke Shaw is braced to make his appearance since his hamstring problem in August. The England international will slot into the left-back position.
In the centre of the park, James Garner is pretty much guaranteed his spot with the likes of Fred, Andreas Pereira not part of the squad. The 18-year-old is set to be accompanied by his Under-23s teammate Dylan Levitt.
In the frontline, Mason Greenwood should lead the line and he will be aiming to carry forward with the good form after scoring at Sheffield United on Sunday. Behind him, Jesse Lingard should feature in the number 10 role and his inclusion is surely a warning sign that he is no longer a certainty for the league duties.
Either side of Lingard, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes seem the likely candidates to make the XI. The duo have yet to make a meaningful impression at the senior level and it remains to be seen whether they can capitalise on the opportunity to stand out with their displays.