26 Manchester United players have made the trip to Norway to kick off the club’s pre-season fixture list against Leeds on Wednesday.
Most senior stars have been left at home for this one, giving Erik ten Hag the chance to get a closer look at some academy gems, but there are still some senior players along for the ride.
Here’s how Ten Hag could set up for this summer opener.
GK: Tom Heaton – The first game without David de Gea will likely be started by veteran Heaton, but United are working in the background to have Andre Onana available as a new number one soon.
RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – A solid end to the season from Wan-Bissaka should be rewarded with some minutes here.
CB: Raphael Varane – Two senior centre-backs have travelled to Oslo and Varane is likely to be the one to start.
CB: Will Fish – Lisandro Martinez is back from injury and will likely take the place of Varane after the break, giving young Fish another chance to make a name for himself.
LB: Alvaro Fernandez – Handed a new shirt number, 20-year-old Fernandez is highly rated and will be relishing the opportunity to impress Ten Hag.
DM: Fred – There’s plenty of talk about his future at the club but Fred is one of the few senior midfielders to actually make the trip.
DM: Kobbie Mainoo – Mason Mount is in line to make his unofficial debut but fans should be equally as excited about what the future holds for young Mainoo, already with three first-team games under his belt. The 18-year-old is among the brighest gems in the academy.
RM: Amad Diallo – An impressive loan spell with Sunderland last season has set the Ivorian up for a fascinating pre-season as he stakes his claim for a place at Old Trafford.
AM: Isak Hansen-Aaroen – The tattooed teenager is another bursting with potential and this limited squad should see him handed plenty of minuted.
LM: Jadon Sancho – Providing some seniority in attack should be Sancho, who is in far better shape than an unfortunate wind-swept screenshot online has suggested.
ST: Joe Hugill – Hugill bagged 11 goals in 12 PL2 games last season for the Under-23s and will hope to be back among the goals this summer.
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