Mourinho Names Academy Players In Manchester United Squad


By Andrew Hyslop

  • Matthew Olosunde and Demetri Mitchell among Manchester United squad
  • Axel Tuanzebe, Matty Willock and Scott McTominay also travel to North London

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has promised to make changes for Manchester United’s Premier League fixture against Arsenal on Sunday

This comes as United look to book their place in the Europa League final and guarantee Champions League football for next season.

After this afternoon’s result, United sit four points behind both Liverpool and Manchester United with Liverpool kicking off before United on Sunday.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho appears to be putting all his eggs in the Europa League basket as he looks to return United to the Champions League.

Axel Tuanzebe, Matty Willock and Scott McTominay have appeared on the first-team bench in recent games but Willock and McTominay are still awaiting their first-team debuts.

Both Matthew Olosunde and Demetri Mitchell have been included in the Manchester United first-team squad for the first time.

American Olosunde 19, joined Manchester United from New York Red Bulls last year has been used in a number of different positions since joining the club.

The majority of his games in the Manchester United junior sides have come in midfield but he has also shown an ability to play in defence at right-back and centre-back.

Demetri Mitchell’s promotion caps a good week for the youngster after he was nominated for the clubs Reserve Team Player of the Year earlier this week.

Mitchell like Olosunde has shown versatility in the United junior sides. Originally a forward, he primarily featured on the left wing as he progressed through the United academy.

Injuries in the reserve team this season has seen the Mancunian used in a left wing back and left back position.

Despite Mourinho promising to make changes for the game against Arsenal it would be very surprising if any of these players were named in his starting line-up.

Antonio Valencia is the only man who started against Celta Vigo who is certain to miss this game. The Ecuadorian has been left back in Manchester as his team-mates travel to North London.

While the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling will be looking to return to the starting line-up.

Both Rooney and Carrick were unused substitutes on Thursday night, while Smalling replaced Ashley Young with just a few minutes left on the clock.

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