Manchester United have named a supremely youthful squad for their game against FC Astana in Kazakhstan this evening.
No doubt they’ll be at least a few debuts given by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Red Devils fans keen to see a glimpse into the future during this Europa League encounter.
The Baby Faced Assassin has always shown a willingness to give youngsters a chance. Just look at Brandon Williams’ development and rapid rise to fame. We covered a story from ESPN just last night which claims that the budding left-back has now leapt in front of Luke Shaw in the pecking order.
Today, we’ve been given further news in regards to the team to take part in the Europa League game this evening. Solskjaer has now confirmed that the 26-year-old attacking midfielder, Jesse Lingard, will captain United for the first time vs Astana.
“Jesse will be captain. He’s a really good character in this group. He’s had his challenges over the last few months but he’s coming back into his own now.” Solskjaer exclusively told ManUtd.com.
Quite surprisingly, Lingard is actually the oldest outfield player with the squad so it does make sense to hand the Warrington-born-attacker the armband – though it may not be the most popular decision amongst sections of the fans.
Lingard hasn’t been in the best of form over the last year or so, and he’s a player who has suffered with the injury bug, too. Perhaps handing him the captains armband will give him a new lease of life and the #14 will start to perform to his capabilities once again.
Don’t forget that under Jose Mourinho, he was amongst our best players. If he can get back to that form, then there’s certainly still a space for him within this jam-packed United squad…