Marcos Rojo attempted a Rabona cross during Man United vs Astana

Tanya Simon
September 20, 2019

And Solskjaer is hoping United's failure to qualify for the Champions League can at least come to some good with the Norwegian keen to promote youngsters in Europe's second tier competition this season.

Manchester United have named an unfamiliar starting XI for the visit of Astana, with three teenagers starting in attack.

Solskjaer's decision to name such an inexperienced front line was partly forced on him by Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez departing for Inter with no arrivals signed to replace them. I don't want to put too much pressure on him apart from go out there, enjoy yourself and work hard.

Daniel James and Juan Mata should keep their place in the first XI but some reports claim Mata could be replaced by Tahith Chong on the right-wing.

Solskjaer is expected to welcome both Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot back from illness and injury respectively for the game.

"He's [Axel] going to start". Keeper might make a fantastic save but he's one of the best finishers I've seen.

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Meanwhile, Swedish global defender Victor Lindelof has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, until at least June 2024 with the club holding the option to extend for a further year. Ashley Young should complete the backline and don the armband for the hosts.

The 17-year-old made his first-team debut towards the end of last season and was handed a start in Man Utd's 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City on the final day of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign. Angel did well and Chong showed glimpses.

Solskjaer added: "Victor has established himself here and has become a very important part of our team".

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Mason Greenwood, Fred, Axel Tuanzebe and Sergio Romero will all start against the Kazakhstan side. Rashford had another close-range chance at the end of the first half, again from Rojo but this time via a deflection, when to the disappointment of the group of home fans in the "away" seats who kept up a barrage of noise throughout the game, he shot straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.

But Solskjaer will change tack by trusting youth, with Greenwood's starting role the most eye-catching news heading into the Group L encounter.

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