Manchester United name squad for trip to Rostov

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Manchester United are making the long trip to Rostov with 20 first team players.

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Jose Mourinho and his squad departed Manchester Airport on Tuesday ahead of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg in Russia on Thursday as they continue their grueling run of fixtures.

After their 4,000 mile round-trip journey to play against the Russian Premier League side they then head to Chelsea on Monday to play an FA Cup quarterfinal. 72 hours after that clash they host Rostov in the second leg at Old Trafford.

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With Mourinho’s men without Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their next three domestic games following his suspension for elbowing Tyrone Mings — he is available to play in both of their European clashes — there should be a chance for Marcus Rashford to step into the starting lineup.

You would think Wayne Rooney would also be front and center in Mourinho’s plans but United’s captain hasn’t traveled to Russia and neither has Luke Shaw who started alongside Rooney in the disappointing 1-1 draw with Bournemouth last weekend.

Below is the squad in full for the long trip as Mourinho’s men aim to keep their hopes alive of winning three trophies in the 2016-17 season (they already have the EFL Cup in the cabinet) while also coping with challenging for a top four finish in the Premier League.

Quite the juggling act for Mourinho and his players.


Manchester United squad – Europa League Round of 16 first leg at FC Rostov

Goalkeepers

David De Gea
Sergio Romero
Kieran O’Hara

Defenders

Antonio Valencia
Phil Jones
Marcos Rojo
Chris Smalling
Daley Blind
Matteo Darmian
Ashley Young

Midfielders

Michael Carrick
Ander Herrera
Marouane Fellaini
Paul Pogba
Juan Mata
Jesse Lingard

Forwards
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Anthony Martial
Marcus Rashford
Zlatan Ibrahimovic