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Man United team news vs Sociedad: Shola Shoretire called up & why Anthony Martial is only on bench

Man United team news vs Sociedad: Shola Shoretire called up & why Anthony Martial is only on bench

Manchester United’s matchday squad to face Real Sociedad was unveiled a short time ago, with a number of noteworthy inclusions and exclusions alike.

Sociedad showdown

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are set to get their European campaign back underway shortly.

The Red Devils face a tough task, in navigating a Europa League Last-32 tie with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

The matchup was of course originally scheduled to take place at the latter’s Anoeta Stadium, but has since been shifted due to issues surrounding quarantine regulations amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In turn, it will now play out in Turin, at the Allianz Stadium.

‘Hosts’ Sociedad will head into proceedings with their tails up, having rattled off a pair of consecutive league wins over the last couple of weeks.

Manchester United, on the other hand, have endured an altogether hit-and-miss recent spell of form, culminating in a 1-1 stalemate with West Brom last time out.

Man United team news vs Sociedad: Shola Shoretire called up & why Anthony Martial is only on bench

West Bromwich Albion’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles during the Premier League match at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Picture date: Sunday February 14, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Shoretire included

As such, the Red Devils will no doubt be keen to get things back on track, with a statement victory this evening.

And, as outlined above, ahead of the action getting underway in Turin, the starting XI set to be relied upon by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been unveiled.

The likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire are all included, alongside the less frequently seen Dean Henderson and Dan James:

Perhaps most noteworthy when it comes to United’s squad this evening, though, is the club’s bench.

This comes with 17-year-old attacking sensation Shola Shoretire included, fresh off the back of putting pen-to-paper on his first professional contract last week.

The teen is joined by fellow U23s star Amad Diallo, who will of course be hopeful of making his first-team debut at some point on Thursday.

Anthony Martial, meanwhile, is also amongst the substitutes, despite Edinson Cavani’s absence through injury.

This comes, though, with Solskjaer having revealed in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday that Martial was a doubt to feature versus Sociedad, after picking up a fitness issue of his own:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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