Ah, squad selections. Just when you think you've figured out how they work, it turns out you know nothing at all.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is not in Manchester United's playing squad for the Europa League, reports the MEN, and so will not be playing any part in the fixtures against Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk.
Obviously the main reason here is that Jose Mourinho doesn't like him as a footballer and doesn't want to pick him. But it's also interesting to note that United only have two players that satisfy UEFA's definition of 'club-trained': that is, they have been on the club's books for three years between the ages of 15 and 21. Crucially, time spent on loan does not count, which means that Sam Johnstone is not considered 'club-trained'.
2011-12 at Preston, end of 12-13 at Walsall, 13-14 at Yeovil and Doncaster. Over 21 so has to be three full years.https://t.co/bgLztttoHZ— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) September 3, 2016
The 25-man squad has four places allocated for such 'club-trained' players, and United have filled two with Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard. (Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford all go onto the unlimited B list, as they were born on or after January 1995 and have been with the club for two years.) This leaves 21 spaces, and Schweinsteiger is United's 22nd non-'club-trained' professional.
Another point of note: while Schweinsteiger was named in United's squad for the Premier League, a few media outlets have suggested that this is down to a league rule stating that all players over the age of 21 must be included if there are places available. (Which would also explain Sadiq El Fitouri's slightly surprising inclusion.) So it wasn't a ray of hope after all. Poor Bastian.
Full Europa League squad
David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcus Rojo, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford