Manchester United add five extra young players to Champions League squad
Manchester United are likely to give game time to Anthony Elanga and Amad in the Champions League tonight, interim manager Ralf Rangnick told the official website.
Rangnick said of the pair: “Yes, both. The younger players, to give them game time. The same with Mason Greenwood, as he’s not played that much in the last couple of the weeks so he’ll also definitely play.”
There are other young players in contention too, UEFA have confirmed.
Five new additions to United’s squad
UEFA.com lists five new additions to Manchester United’s Champions League squad list. The club is permitted to add younger players to a ‘B-list’ throughout the competition.
These players are Bjorn Hardley, Charlie Wellens, Zidane Iqbal, Charlie Savage, and Sam Mather.
All five are in contention to make the bench for United’s dead rubber against Young Boys.
Teden Mengi is also registered, having been named on the B-list in September along with Matej Kovar and Hannibal, who is away at the FIFA Arab Cup.
Who are the new additions?
Bjorn Hardley: Dutch centre-back Bjorn Hardley has been a regular for the under-23s this season. The defender signed for United in 2019 and has previously captained the under-18s.
Charlie Savage: Son of former United trainee Robbie Savage, Charlie Savage has also stepped up to the under-23s this season. He provided an assist in the 4-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.
Charlie Wellens: Wellens is a midfielder who has been featuring at right-back this season for the under-23s. At the weekend he scored an impressive solo goal against Blackburn, and has four assists this season.
Zidane Iqbal: Iraq under-23 international Zidane Iqbal has scored in four different competitions this season for club and country. Iqbal is an attacking midfielder who quite clearly has an eye for goal, and is just 18.
Sam Mather: Mather is the youngest player named in the squad at just 17. He signed a professional contract earlier this season and has been starring for England at under-18 level. Mather has scored five goals and provided eight assists for United’s under-18s this season.
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