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Manchester United add Phil Jones and Amad Diallo to their UEFA Europa League squad

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Manchester United have added Phil Jones and Amad Diallo to their UEFA Europa League squad as they prepare for this month’s last-32 tie with Real Sociedad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday he planned to add centre-back Jones to the list of 24 players even though he hasn’t played a game for United since January last year.

The English defender, who last played in the 6-1 FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers last season, required surgery on a knee injury late last year and has just returned to full fitness.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been added to their UEFA Europa League squad

Teenage winger Amad Diallo has also been included in the Europa League squad

Manchester United have added centre-back Phil Jones (left) and teenage winger Amad Diallo (right) to their squad for the UEFA Europa League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are preparing to face Real Sociedad later this month in the last-32

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are preparing to face Real Sociedad later this month in the last-32

But the inclusion of Diallo, the 18-year-old Ivorian wonderkid, will excite United fans.

The winger has just arrived from Atalanta, where he made his first-team breakthrough last season, and United could eventually pay up to £35million if performance-related bonuses are met.

Diallo has yet to make his debut form Solskjaer’s side but impressed on his debut for the under-23 side on Saturday, scoring twice in a 6-3 victory over Liverpool.

He made substitute appearances for Atalanta in both Serie A and the Champions League earlier in the season and his inclusion in United’s Europa League squad suggests Solskjaer plays to use him at some point.

Defender Jones last played for United against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last season

Defender Jones last played for United against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last season

Diallo, who has just arrived from Atalanta, scored twice - including a Panenka penalty (pictured) - as United's under-23 side won 6-3 at Liverpool on Saturday

Diallo, who has just arrived from Atalanta, scored twice – including a Panenka penalty (pictured) – as United’s under-23 side won 6-3 at Liverpool on Saturday 

Ivorian winger Diallo, 18, has been training with Solskjaer's first team squad since he arrived

Ivorian winger Diallo, 18, has been training with Solskjaer’s first team squad since he arrived

While United’s title chance were boosted significantly by Tuesday night’s 9-0 rout of Southampton, they will soon have to focus again on the Europa League, a competition they last won in 2017.

They crashed out of the Champions League following defeat to RB Leipzig in December and then received a testing last-32 tie against LaLiga side Sociedad.

The first leg, in Spain, will be on February 18 with the return at Old Trafford on February 25.

Speaking about Diallo earlier this week, Solskjaer said: ‘I don’t think it’s gonna be too long before he’s involved in a matchday squad.’

United Europa League squad 

Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant, Nathan Bishop

Defenders: Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Amad Diallo, Daniel James, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay

Forwards: Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

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