Reacting to Manchester United's 28-man tour squad, key omissions
Manchester United have named the squad for the upcoming tour to Australia and Singapore.
The club named 28 players who will travel.
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Joel Pereira, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant.
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ashley Young.
Midfielders: Dan James, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba, Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes.
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood.
Who is missing and why?
There are a number of notable omissions for varying reasons.
Fred and Matteo Darmian have both been excused for personal reasons.
Darmian we expect to be sold imminently, so this could be transfer related. Fred’s absence is more perplexing, hopefully he can link up with the squad as soon as possible.
Dean Henderson is left out and will seal his exit on loan shortly, we expect.
Alexis Sanchez has been at the Copa America and is not involved.
There is no space for young midfielders Ethan Hamilton and Dylan Levitt, who both featured in first team training this week. Perhaps they might get a chance in the latter half of pre-season.
Youngsters Angel Gomes, Axel Tuanzebe, James Garner, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood all have fantastic opportunities.
New signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James are both in. We had hoped there might be a few more to accompany them by now.
United have acted firmly to name Paul Pogba in the squad, despite his agent calling for him to be sold. It would have been easy for the squad to excuse him, as with Darmian.
We had asked if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ready to be ruthless with his squad selection. Seeing Marcos Rojo included shows that’s not the case.