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Solskjaer praises Man Utd debutants despite loss in Kazakhstan

FK Astana v Manchester United: Group L - UEFA Europa League

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN - NOVEMBER 28: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United speaks to Tahith Chong and James Garner during the UEFA Europa League group L match between FK Astana and Manchester United at Astana Arena on November 28, 2019 in Astana, Kazakhstan. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

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Manchester United’s very young side fell 2-1 despite taking an early lead in Kazakhstan, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is grateful for the experience.

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Seven United players made their first team debut, and Solskjaer’s men comprised the youngest starting lineup in its European history.

Jesse Lingard scored from a Luke Shaw assist, the veterans linking up for the goal, but James Garner and Angel Gomes impressed in midfield. Additionally, all three subs off the bench were debutants: Ethan Galbraith, Largie Ramazani, and D’Mani Mellor.

Also debuting were Di’Shon Bernard, Dylan Levitt, and Ethan Laird.

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“Some of them are also knocking on the door for us,” he added. “You could see the way we dominated midfield, Jimmy [Garner] and Dylan playing together, it’s nice to see midfielders dominating the game. Di’Shon was so composed, Ethan was marauding down the right-hand side, especially in the first-half. So some of these have done themselves a good favor.”

United didn’t have to worry much about winning the group, but can still do so by defeating AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford on Dec. 12. When it comes to the UEL, though, they’ll be favored regardless of whether they’re a group winner.

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