Solskjaer confirms seven starters for Astana fixture


Solskjaer confirms seven starters for Astana fixture

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already confirmed seven of the eleven starters for Manchester United's UEFA Europa League Group L fixture away against Astana, which will be played on Thursday.


With Manchester United already qualified for the last-32 of the Europa League, Solskjaer has decided to use the remaining two fixtures of the group stages to give some youngsters an opportunity to prove themselves and get some much-needed first-team experience.


The only senior players that have been named in the squad are Lee Grant, Axel Tuanzebe, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw, and the four are all expected to start. Tuanzebe and Shaw are all recovering from injuries, whilst Grant has barely had a kick ever since he signed for the club during the summer of 2018.


Solskjaer has also confirmed that there will be starts for Ethan Laird, Di Shon Bernard and Dylan Levitt.


"We have done great to qualify after four games gives us an opp to give game time to experienced lads who need it.," said Solskjaer.


The game is set to kick-off at 4.50pm GMT+1, with temperatures set to drop down to even -16 degrees Celsius at kick-off.