Who Makes The Champions League Squad?

Afternoon Bulletin

RASHFORD ON TARGET

Marcus Rashford was on target as England edged past Slovakia at Wembley. Rashford atoned for an error early on with a net ripping shot from outside the box. He earlier assisted for England’s opener after his mistake allowed the opposition to open the scoring. Rashford was easily the best player on the field on a night where players like Kane, Walker, and Alli all took to the field. Phil Jones also put in a solid performance and avoided injury as he continues his solid start to the season.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SQUAD REVEALED

Manchester United announced a 24 man strong squad for this season’s Champions League campaign. Surprisingly, James Wilson, who is only just back from a serious knee injury, was part of the squad and so was the recovering Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were nowhere to be seen sending a few fans into panic mode. Luke Shaw was another omission.

The Squad: David De Gea, Sergio Romero; Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian; Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic; Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, James Wilson

OMISSIONS EXPLAINED

Manchester United did not name Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in their A List for the Champions League squads as the two fall in the category of players that can be included in List B players. These ‘B’ players are players born after 1st January 1996 and their participation can be confirmed a few hours prior to kickoff. Players like Scot McTominay and Joel Pereira are also a part of this list.

NO INTENTION

Eric Dier was reportedly the subject of massive bids, the largest of which was said to be £60m, from United this summer. But the Englishman stayed in North London and after his heroics for England against Slovakia revealed that he had no intention of jumping ship. United eventually ended up with Matic and both sides ended the summer satisfied. Dier was reportedly the number one player of Jose’s wish list in the defensive midfield position.

THE RIGHT PLAYER

Former United player Jesper Blomqvist has praised Victor Lindelof despite his difficult start to the new season. Lindelof is yet to play in the Premier League but started both of Sweden’s games in this International Break. Blomqvist declared that Lindelof has the potential and the temperament to eventually be a successful player in United colours. The former United man has blamed the lack of experience in playing in the English league as the cause for Lindelof’s short comings.