Man United include kids Amad and Shoretire in squad

Manchester United call teen stars Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo into the first-team squad travelling to Turin to face Real Sociedad, with Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek ruled out with muscle injuries

  • Manchester United have a number of injury concerns ahead of Real Sociedad
  • Reds travel to Turin for the first leg of UEFA Europa League last-32 encounter
  • Teenagers Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire have been picked in the squad 
  • Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek have muscle injuries and won’t travel
  • Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial will need fitness checks on matchday
  • United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba is out until next month 

Manchester United have included youngsters Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire in their squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie with Real Sociedad in Turin.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer without Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani because of muscle injuries, 18-year-old winger Amad and 17-year-old winger Shoretire have been drafted in.  

Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial will need fitness checks on matchday.  

Manchester United have includes youngsters Amad Diallo (left) and Shola Shoretire (right) in their squad heading to Turin to take on Real Sociedad in the UEFA Europa League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a number of fitness worries ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with Real Sociedad in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday

Shola Shoretire (left) is highly-rated at Manchester United and has just signed his first contract

Amad, the Ivorian winger signed form Atalanta back in October, linked up with the United squad last month after spending the first half of the season with the Italian club.

After impressing for the under-23 side, including scoring two goals against Liverpool, he was promoted to first-team training.

He was an unused substitute in United’s FA Cup fifth round tie against West Ham on February 9.

Shoretire has recently signed his first professional contract with United after turning 17 and has also impressed up front for the under-23 team, scoring a hat-trick in a recent 6-4 win over Blackburn.

Solskjaer asked him to join first-team training ahead of the West Ham game and now he will go with United on a first European trip.

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek won’t be travelling to Turin after picking up an injury

Striker Edinson Cavani also has a muscle injury and won’t be making the trip to Italy

Man United squad for Real Sociedad match 

De Gea, Henderson, Grant, Bailly, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Diallo, Fernandes, Fred, James, Mata, Matic, McTominay, Shoretire, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford 

Solskjaer also confirmed that Paul Pogba will be sidelined until next month with a thigh injury with United facing the prospect of being short in midfield for the last-32, first leg encounter. 

‘Donny and Edinson definitely won’t be travelling. They have muscle injuries unfortunately,’ Solskjaer said.

‘We have a couple of doubts – Anthony and Scott – we will check them tomorrow.

‘Paul is recovering well. He is starting the treatment but it will still be a few weeks. He won’t be playing in February.’

However, Juan Mata will be travelling with the United squad having not featured for United since their FA Cup third round tie with Watford on January 9.  

United’s manager is expecting a tricky assignment against a Sociedad team who have lost home advantage as a result of the complex Covid-19 travel restrictions in Europe.

‘They are a very, very good side. When the draw was made, it was probably the hardest you could pick from the unseeded group,’ Solskjaer said.

‘They were top of LaLiga at that time and they are still in the hunt for the Champions League next year.

‘They have some top, experienced players and some very good young players. We will have to play at a high level.’ 

Paul Pogba, forced off against Everton earlier this month, won’t return before March

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