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Manchester United add six exciting youngsters to Europa League 'B' list including Zidane Iqbal

Charlie McNeill and pre-season tour star Zidane Iqbal among six exciting youngsters added to Man United’s Europa League ‘B’ list ahead of their opening clash with Real Sociedad

  • Manchester United start their Europa League campaign on Thursday evening
  • Erik ten Hag has added six exciting youngsters to the selection of the Red Devils ‘B’ list
  • Many of the six were featured in United’s FA Youth Cup victory last season
  • The youngsters have been added to an initial selection of 25 men for the competition

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Manchester United have added six youngsters to their Europa League selection for the coming season.

Erik ten Hag’s side faced Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Thursday in their group stage opener.

Having already named a 25-man squad, the six promising stars have been added to the club’s squad ‘B’ list for the competition.

Erik ten Hag has added six promising youngsters to the 'B' list of his Europa League selection

Erik ten Hag has added six promising youngsters to the ‘B’ list of his Europa League selection

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1662641603 289 Manchester United add six exciting youngsters to Europa League 039B039

This includes young 18-year-old striker Charlie McNeill, who has been prolific at youth level

Goalkeeper Radek Vitek, defender Tyler Fredricson, midfielder Kobbie Mainoo, pre-season star Zidane Iqbal, Shola Shoretire and Charlie McNeill are the six added players.

According to UEFA, a B-list player can be any player born on or after 1 January 1996 who has been eligible to play for their club for an uninterrupted period of two years since the age of 15.

A 16-year-old player can also be entered on the ‘B’ list, even if he was already registered for other clubs in the previous two years.

Midfielder Zidane Iqbal impressed during pre-season for Manchester United

Midfielder Zidane Iqbal impressed during pre-season for Manchester United

Midfielder Zidane Iqbal impressed during pre-season for Manchester United

United won the Europa League in 2016/17, the last trophy the club won

United won the Europa League in 2016/17, the last trophy the club won

United won the Europa League in 2016/17, the last trophy the club won

Despite the selection of up to 25 players in the first ‘A’-list roster, with eight places reserved for ‘locally trained players’, an unlimited number of players can be placed on the ‘B’-list during the season, but the list must be confirmed before a deadline on the preceding day of a match day.

Vitek joins senior goalkeepers David De Gea, Tom Heaton and Martin Dubravka in the squad, while Fredricson and Mainoo were key parts of United’s FA Youth Cup winning squad last season

Iqbal impressed during pre-season and like Shoretire, the two have already made their senior debuts for the Red Devils, while McNeill has been prolific at youth level.

United will take on Sociedad at 8 p.m. on Thursday, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire both expected to start.

Manchester United Europa League squad

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Tom Heaton, Martin Dubravka, Radek Vitek*

Defenders: Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Tyler Fredricson*

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Fred, Casemiro, Jadon Sancho, Facundo Pellistri, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Zidane Iqbal*, Kobbie Mainoo*

Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Antony, Anthony Elanga*, Shola Shoretire*, Alejandro Garnacho, Charlie McNeill*.

* = B-list.


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