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Manchester United name 25-man Champions League group stage squad including Cristiano Ronaldo

 

 

Manchester United have named their 25-man squad for the Champions League group stages this season.

United were drawn into Group F with Europa League holders Villarreal, Serie A side Atalanta and Swiss outfit Young Boys in this season’s competition and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now named his squad for the six games they will play against this opposition.

Lee Grant has been left out of the squad with David De Gea, Dean Henderson and Tom Heaton named as the three goalkeepers in the squad.

In defence, United have named four central defenders and four full-backs meaning there is no room for Phil Jones. The former England international hasn’t featured for the club since January 2020 in an FA Cup tie against Tranmere Rovers but wasn’t able to secure a move away from Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

In midfield, Jesse Lingard is named in the squad after staying at the club during the transfer window following a successful loan at West Ham United in the second half of last season. Youngster Amad is also named in the squad, despite a thigh injury being severe enough to cancel his loan move to Feyenoord late on in the window.

In attack, Cristiano Ronaldo is named in the squad as is the currently injured Marcus Rashford. Mason Greenwood isn’t named but will still be eligible to feature as homegrown players under the age of 21 do not need to be part of the registered squad and can instead be named on the B list.

GK: David De Gea, Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson

DEF: Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles

MID: Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Fred, Donny Van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Jadon Sancho, Amad

FWD: Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani

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