7 players absent from Manchester United’s squad to face FC Barcelona


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As Manchester United travel to face FC Barcelona for the UEFA Europa League Play-offs at the Spotify Camp Nou for the first leg, they find themselves with somewhat of a depleted squad list.

From amongst the players unavailable, the particular few that stand out are arguably Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez and Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen. The defender has thus far had 32 appearances for the Red Devils this season since his move from Ajax and has been instrumental in maintaining their defensive rigidity. Eriksen on the other hand has been a crucial part of United’s midfield this season, having featured 31 times for the English side.

Other absentees include the likes of French forward Anthony Martial, and Brazilian winger Antony alongside midfielders Marcel Sabitzer (Austria), Scott McTominay (Scotland), and Donny Van De Beek (Netherlands). All these players are also attributed to being integral components of Ten Hag’s side.

The depth in the forward lines that Martial’s versatility provides will be sorely missed, as well as the explosiveness that Antony can provide on the right flank of their attack. Sabitzer also ended up proving himself to be quite the viable midfielder for United over the last couple of games that he has played for the side since the beginning of his loan from German club Bayern Munich.

Regardless of these absentees, Manchester United will indefinitely prove to be one of FC Barcelona’s toughest hurdles thus far this season and the Catalans themselves will be ardent in their wait for the commencement of this European tussle.

Manchester United vs FC Barcelona: Official Squad List

Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has called up 21 players for the upcoming Uefa Europa League match against FC Barcelona.


  • 1: David De Gea
  • 2: Tom Heaton
  • 3: Jack Butland


  • 1: Victor Lindelof
  • 2: Harry Maguire
  • 3: Tyrell Malacia
  • 4: Raphael Varane
  • 5: Diogo Dalot
  • 6: Luke Shaw
  • 7: Aaron Wan-Bissaka


  • 1: Bruno Fernandes
  • 2: Fred
  • 3: Casemiro
  • 4: Facundo Pellistri
  • 5: Zidane Iqbal,
  • 6: Kobbie Mainoo


  • 1: Marcus Rashford
  • 2: Jadon Sancho
  • 3: Wout Weghorst
  • 4: Anthony Elanga
  • 5: Alejandro Garnacho


  • None


  • 1: Christian Eriksen
  • 2: Antony
  • 3: Anthony Martial
  • 4: Donny Van De Beek
  • 5: Scott McTominay


  • 1: Lisandro Martinez
  • 2: Marcel Sabitzer
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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