Manchester United have named 33 players to their 2012/13 UEFA Champions League squad and perhaps the most welcoming name was Darren Fletcher. It's been discussed quite a bit these parts about the the club's need for a combative and energetic central-midfielder -- someone who can offer up a bit more presence than we already have. This need wasn't addressed in the most recent transfer window (again) but if Fletch is able to return to full health, or even contribute here and there in form that somewhat resembles his past self, then this might go a long way in allowing United to better compete in the center of the park when they take on Europe's best sides. Having said that, it's probably best not to expect much from Fletch because his bowel condition is difficult to manage and highly predictable. He's recently returned to full-training though and he's even been featuring for the U-21 side. At the very least, it's nice to see him named to the squad.
25 'A-List' players have been named into the squad as have 8 more 'B-List' players. Here is how UEFA describes a 'B-List' player:
"A player may be registered on List B if he is born on or after 1 January 1991 and has been eligible to play for the club for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered with UEFA. Players aged 16 may be registered on List B if they have been registered with the participating club for the previous two years without interruption."
This is how United is allowed to have 33 players in their squad. The full squad is revealed after the jump -- an asterisk (*) indicates a 'B-List' player.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Sam Johnstone (*)
Defenders: Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Rafael, Patrice Evra, Alexander Buttner, Michael Keane (*), Marnick Vermijl (*)
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Antonio Valencia, Nani, Ashley Young, Nick Powell, Larnell Cole (*), Ryan Tunnicliffe (*), Jesse Lingard (*)
Forwards: Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Federico Macheda (*), Joshua King (*)