Manchester United have named the squad for the Europa League knockout stages and there are three changes.
Confirmed via UEFA’s official website, Manchester United added in a trio of new signings, with three players being removed.
Europa League squad
In: Wout Weghorst, Marcel Sabitzer, Jack Butland
Out: Axel Tuanzebe, Martin Dubravka, Cristiano Ronaldo
Omitted again: Brandon Williams, Phil Jones
United Europa League squad: De Gea, Heaton, Butland, Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Maguire, Lindelof, Malacia, Shaw, Casemiro, McTominay, Fred, Eriksen, Sabitzer, Van de Beek, Fernandes, Pellistri, Antony, Rashford, Sancho, Martial, Weghorst, Garnacho.
B list: Vitek, Fredricson, Iqbal, Mainoo, Elanga, Shoretire, McNeill
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United had to find space for all three new signings, and that was easy enough. Dubravka and Ronaldo’s departures facilitated the arrivals of Butland and Weghorst.
Axel Tuanzebe has been sent out on loan to Stoke, and if he hadn’t, it would still have been a simple choice to leave him out, due to his battle with fitness.
For Brandon Williams his omission is a major blow. He failed to land a loan move, and while he is emergency back-up for the full-back positions, he won’t be available in the Europa League. Hopefully he won’t be needed.
Phil Jones’ situation is farcical. The defender has had terrible luck with injuries, with Erik ten Hag recently saying Jones has completed just one training session. He will be released when his United contract expires in June.