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Injured defender Marcos Rojo has been left out of the United squad for the Champions League second-leg tie against Galatasaray.
The 21-year-old’s place is taken by teenage striker Marcus Rashford, who is set to make his debut for the club alongside the likes of 18-year-old Wayne Rooney, 18-year-old Memphis Depay, and the U21 duo of Ashley Young and Mason Greenwood.
Young is one of the most promising youngsters on the Old Trafford squad, and has already started once in United’s Premier League campaign.
The teenager has been one of the standout performers in the youth set-up since being promoted to the first team squad on loan from Liverpool last season.
Manchester United are eager to ensure that young striker Rooney is not affected by the absence of Rojo, and will have the former England international in their squad to face Galatasaray if and when the youngster returns from injury later in the week.
United are also hoping Depay is fit for Saturday’s clash with the Turkish champions.
The forward was born in Britain and won the 2012 Olympic gold medal with Team GB at London 2012 while having to watch on from the stands. He made his senior international debut for Scotland in March 2015 and scored three goals in four appearances for his country at Euro 2016.
Young’s first taste of competitive action came in August 2016 as he made his debut for the club in a UEFA Champions League game against Young Boys.
However, the youngster was forced off in the second half of United’s Champions League quarter-final win over APOEL as a result of a knee injury he sustained in that fixture.
The Manchester United winger’s first full campaign in a United jersey came as a teenager as he played in the Premier League for both Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough in 2016/17. He made 10 goals in 46 Premier League appearances across two seasons.
Young is only 18 but is already regarded as one of the brightest talents in the game by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
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