Manchester United will have to come back from a two-goal deficit against Liverpool during Thursday's UEFA Europa League clash without Ander Herrera and Daley Blind, as the two have not been included in the squad.
Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News reported the news and also said youngster RoShaun Williams has retained his spot. No reason has yet emerged for the absences of Herrera and Blind.
The Red Devils were soundly beaten by their rivals in the first leg of the tie and will need to be at their best to complete the comeback on Thursday.
Antonio Valencia and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are included in the squad, the former playing his first minutes with the under-21 squad since recovering from a foot injury just a week ago.
Blind has been a regular starter for United when healthy, and he's played some heavy minutes the last few weeks, per WhoScored.com. However, Luckhurst was more concerned with Herrera:
Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst
Could be Rojo at centre-back and Darmian at left-back tonight. Herrera a big miss. Complements Schneiderlin well. #mufc3/17/2016, 12:17:57 PM
As the Europa League's official Twitter account shared, Herrera sat alongside manager Louis van Gaal during Wednesday's press conference, so it was a bit odd when he didn't arrive with the squad at the Lowry Hotel on Thursday morning:
UEFA Europa League @EuropaLeague
Herrera: "We are Manchester United. If Liverpool want to get to the next round they will have to fight for it." #UEL https://t.co/MXSf0fNyBa3/17/2016, 10:01:15 AM
United need to attack in order to overcome the two-goal deficit, and with Liverpool expected to seek dominance of the ball early, the Red Devils will be forced to press. Herrera does that well, and he adds a layer of creativity to the attack any of his likely replacements simply can't replicate.
Marouane Fellaini will likely start in midfield, and while the Belgian's physicality will help break down the Liverpool attacks, he doesn't add much in the passing game. His main value in the attacking third lies in his size, so United could choose to use the long ball and fire in plenty of crosses early.
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