Mason Greenwood absence from Man Utd’s Champions League squad explained

Mason Greenwood’s omission from Manchester United’s Champions League squad has raised plenty of eyebrows. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named his 25-man squad for United’s return to Europe’s elite club competition on Thursday morning.

The most glaring omission from the squad was that of 19-year-old Greenwood, who has been a key fixture in United’s starting XI this season.

So why has the Norwegian left the young striker out of his European squad?

Well, he was left out of because he qualifies for United’s “B list” of players for the tournament – which is reserved for young, club-trained players.

That means the teenager will be able to play in the competition if he’s  named on United’s ‘B list’.

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Mason Greenwood was not named in Manchester United’s 25-man Champions League squad

UEFA’s rules on the ‘B list’ state: “A player may be registered on List B if he is born on, or after, 1 January 1999 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday (players aged 16 may be submitted if they have been registered with the club for the previous two years).

“Clubs are entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season, but the list must be submitted by no later than 24:00CET the day before a match.”

Greenwood – a product of United’s academy – has made four appearances for the Red Devils this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist.

His run in the first team, however, will likely come to an end following the deadline-day arrival of Edinson Cavani, who joined United on a free transfer.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson agrees with that notion, telling Sky Sports: “This is all for now. There is no future in it.

“Cavani is 33 years of age. You’ve got Mason Greenwood there, who is going to be a proper player. Is this going to hold him back?

“Cavani was a great player. He was top, top drawer. But how many players are playing in the Premier League at 33 years of age?

“You’ve got to have pace. Man Utd play in a certain way, they try to counter-attack with the pace of (Anthony) Martial, Greenwood, (Marcus) Rashford, even (Dan) James when he is in the team.

“Now all of a sudden Cavani is in the team, he’ll hold the ball up but for me it’s a panic (signing).”

Greenwood and his Manchester United team-mates will be back in action a week on Saturday, travelling to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle.

The Red Devils will enter the match on the back of a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham, a defeat which has heaped a world of pressure on Solskjaer’s shoulders.

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