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Axel Tuanzebe, Facundo Pellistri named in Europa League squad

A 3-1 thrashing of league leaders Arsenal on Sunday means United now have four wins and the gap between them at the top of the table has narrowed to just three points.

Erik 10 Hag deserves credit for his turnaround after a tough first two weeks, and he appears to have found his ideal starting lineup with only minor changes over the past three weeks.

Even in the Europa League, the Dutch will be keen to continue the winning streak, with United’s opener against their toughest rivals Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Jones, Williams out

The Red Devils would have preferred to play in the Champions League, but last season’s disastrous performance forced the club to settle for secondary continental competition.

The Red Devils named their squad for their play, with a fair share of surprising inclusions and exclusions.

Phil Jones, who has only made eight starts in the past four years, was rightly left out of the squad. He is still nursing an injury and hasn’t played more than two games in the past two years.

Brandon Williams is another name doomed to oblivion. The young full-back is still injured and even missed pre-season and the chance to leave the club this summer.

Axel, Pellistri Surprise inclusions

Surprisingly, Axel Tuanzebe and Facundo Pellistri have been added to the roster, although both are injured at this stage.

The two came close to sealing the exits this summer, with Tuanzebe looking to leave his boyhood club for good. Premier League clubs and Trabzonspor are interested, but injuries have put those plans in jeopardy.

He even had to be sent home after pre-season due to injury, and there hasn’t been any news from him in recent weeks.

Pellistri is eager to be loaned out, with interest from various clubs in England, Spain, Italy and even Greece, but an ankle injury in the penultimate pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid means he has to stay at the club.

Opportunity to impress young people

The young Uruguayan had his chance in pre-season, even scoring a goal against Liverpool, and Ten Hag may want to see him before deciding to loan him out in January’s group stage performance.

Anthony Erlanga’s name is not on the B list due to his age. The six recruits were named squads.

The former Ajax boss can try out different youngsters to see who should stay in the squad while the rest can be loaned out.

crew: goalkeeper: De Gea, Heaton, Dubravka
defender: Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Maguire, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Malaysia, Shaw
Midfielder: Casemiro, McTominay, Fred, Eriksen, Van de Beek, Fernandez
forward: Pellistree, Anthony, Rashford, Sancho, Martial, Ronaldo, Ganacho.

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