Manchester United youngsters set for pre-season squad inclusion

With up to 13 players set to be missing for the start of pre-season a raft of youngsters are set to spend time with the Man United first-team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to give several Manchester United youngsters first-team exposure during their pre-season schedule.

Teenagers Hannibal Mejbri, Shola Shoretire, Anthony Elanga, Will Fish, Teden Mengi, and Ethan Laird are all in line for playing time across United's four friendlies against Derby County, Queens Park Rangers, Brentford, and Everton, with the club open to fitting in at least one more game.

Academy striker Joe Hugill is also under consideration after a superb maiden campaign following his move from Sunderland. Hugill, 17, is understood to have narrowly missed out on a first-team squad inclusion towards the end of last season.

Mejbri, Shoretire, Elanga, and Fish made their United debuts last season while Mengi and Laird debuted in 2019-20.

Mengi and Laird, both 19, secured mid-season loans to Derby County and MK Dons in January and are both expected to embark on season-long loans next term.

Elanga, 19, scored in his second senior appearance at Wolves, where Mejbri and Fish emerged for their first-team bows. Shoretire, 17, debuted in February.

United have arranged for a phased return of their players for pre-season training because of this summer's international tournaments. United's non-internationals are due back for pre-season medicals next week.

Twelve United players were named in European Championship squads and the club has two Copa America participants. England goalkeeper Dean Henderson had to withdraw with a hip injury on June 15 and was given a month off by United.

United travel to Derby on July 18 and to QPR on July 24 before the visits of Brentford on July 28 and Everton on August 7.

The club has left a 10-day gap between the Brentford and Everon friendlies at Old Trafford amid discussions over a possible trip to Malta for an additional friendly.

Malta was placed on the green list by the UK government last week but reports have surfaced of British tourists being prevented from boarding a flight, despite proving they had been double vaccinated against Covid-19 via the NHS app.

The Maltese governement demanded a printed certificate as proof of vaccination.