Manchester United’s players are taking a well-deserved break after a fine end to the domestic season. But there is still plenty of European football to be played next month.
United’s second leg against LASK should be easy following a 5-0 win prior to football’s lock-down. And it should also allow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play some of the club’s next generation.
While Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood have seized their opportunities with both hands, there are a whole host of prospects desperate for a chance of their own.
Here we take a look at three players who could save United millions if they excel in Europe’s second competition and help the club to glory.
United have plenty of competition in midfield, but that has not stopped rumours persisting that others could arrive this summer.
While Jack Grealish’s eye for a pass would go down a storm at Old Trafford, the club already have a young midfielder who has been compared to Michael Carrick.
According to the Daily Mail, Solskjaer will soon decide which youngsters to send out on loan, with Garner attracting plenty of attention.
But the 19-year-old may get a chance to impress, with United likely to ring the changes for their Europa League campaign.
First-team stars are expected to be back for the latter stages. But a virtual dead-rubber followed by an eminently winnable quarter-final could well see Garner and co impress.
Solskjaer told United’s official website that he saw Garner as the next Carrick back in early 2019. And next month could show the wider world what all the fuss is about.
United may have Aaron Wan-Bissaka as their undisputed first-choice right-back, but there is a battle for who should be his backup.
Diogo Dalot has barely featured while Timothy Fosu-Mensah has returned after years out of the picture. But what about Ethan Laird?
The 18-year-old is highly rated at United and could well get a few run-outs in Europe after being promoted to the first-team squad.
If Axel Tuanzebe was fit, the 22-year-old would feature regularly for United next month.
Unfortunately, the centre-back is side-lined once more, leaving a potential chance for a player four years his junior.
Teden Mengi is one of the most promising defenders to come out of Old Trafford for years. He and Tuanzebe are both expected to break through in time. Yet the former could seize the chance to move ahead after the latter’s bad luck.
Talk continues that United may sign another centre-back this summer. But they have more than enough talent already, and Mengi deserves his chance to prove he can fill in when required next season.