Manchester United host AZ Alkmaar this week in the Europa League and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has another opportunity to rotate his side.

There were full on changes last time against Astana, and the biggest success story was the bright young partnership of James Garner and Dylan Levitt.

The pairing controlled the midfield and looked like they had been playing for the first team for years. It was a really encouraging performance from the teenagers.

So will they get a second chance? We looked at the under-23 team selection last night to try and work out if United dropped any clues.

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Who will play?

The first thing to note is that there is a fair gap between Monday night and Thursday night. It’s certainly possible for players to feature in both games.

Tahith Chong, Di’Shon Bernard, Angel Gomes, Largie Ramazani, James Garner, D’Mani Mellor, Ethan Laird were among the players who featured against Astana who all started the under-23 game against West Brom.

Notably there was no involvement for Wales international Dylan Levitt.

There are two ways to look at this, the first being that he is being saved for a start on Thursday against AZ. The second more pessimistic view is that he may be suffering with an injury which the club have not publicised.

Garner’s situation was pretty interesting. He played an hour before being substituted with the scored at 1-1.


Normally he would have played the whole 90 minutes. This seemed a pretty clear indication that United have plans for him on Thursday.

Largie Ramazani and D’Mani Mellor scored United’s first two goals in the 3-1 win, which of course will have done their causes no harm, but it’s probably that they best they can hope for is a place on the bench on Thursday.

Angel Gomes netted a third after combining with Tahith Chong, who also set up United’s first goal.

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Who else could play in midfield?

What we can take from this is that Garner is a probable to start on Thursday, and Levitt is more of a mystery.

One out of two is not bad, but we would like to see the partnership given another chance to thrive again.

If Levitt does not play, then there is a chance Nemanja Matic might eventually make his return.

The Serbian could be useful over the festive fixtures and list Thursday night as a possible comeback date.

Both Fred and Scott McTominay need a rest and there is no point risking them ahead of the Everton game this weekend.

Hopefully Levitt and Garner are ready to roll and take advantage of another opportunity to impress.

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