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Man Utd squad confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads young team to Kazakhstan


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to name a youthful side for their Europa League group stage game against Astana on Thursday.

United’s 3-0 victory over Partizan earlier this month sealed their place in the knockout stages of the competition, meaning Solskjaer looks set to rest many of his big name players for the match in Kazakhstan.

The likes of Largie Ramazani, Dylan Levitt and Ethan Laird are expected to be involved, as well as 19-year-old defender Max Taylor, who has recently undergone treatment for testicular cancer .

Head of first-team development Nicky Butt will also travel with Solskjaer and the team, and there should be the opportunity for United fans to see some of their young, upcoming academy players.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer smiles as he prepares for the trip to Kazakhstan

It is a youthful looking United squad making the trip

Of United’s stars, only Jesse Lingard, Luka Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Lee Grant appear to have made the trip, with the vast majority seemingly allowed to stay in Manchester.

The game in the Kazakhstani capital Nur-Sultan is likely to be played in temperatures approaching -10 degrees, and Solskjaer presumably is not willing to risk any of his most important players getting injured.

It will be a proud moment for Taylor in particular, however, if he makes an appearance, with the player only finishing his chemotherapy treatment for cancer 12 months ago.

Upon his return after treatment he said: “I feel immensely proud and happy to be back on the training pitch with my team-mates and friends.

Jesse Lingard is one of the few senior United players to make the trip

The likes of Tahit Chong will also be involved

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“Without the invaluable support of my family, team-mates and, of course, the nurses and doctors, my return to training at this stage would not have been possible.

“I want to thank all of the club’s medical and sports-science staff that I have worked with throughout my rehabilitation. The next step is to continue working hard in the gym, and out on the grass, to hopefully make my return on the pitch.”





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