Having been included in last week’s Carling Cup squad against Wolves yet not making it on to the pitch, young midfielder Magnus Eikrem has been handed a massive chance to finally make his United debut ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League tie with Turkey’s Bursaspor.
Eikrem is one of 4 central midfielder travelling to Turkey and it is said he even got to the airport to check in before Sir Alex, so you can see his enthusiasm! Even if he doesn’t play, just travelling will be a great experience for the 20 year old.
Notable absentees from the travelling party include Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans meaning Smalling is in line to start another European tie. No Macheda plus injuries to Owen and Rooney means Hernandez and Berbatov are the only strikers in the party.
United’s travelling squad to face Bursaspor: Van der Sar, Amos, Kuszczak; Evra, Brown, Vidic, Smalling, Rafael, Fabio, O’Shea; Eikrem, Scholes, Obertan, Bebe, Fletcher, Carrick, Park, Nani; Berbatov, Hernandez.