Manchester United blow as trio ruled out ahead of Liverpool clash

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj and Timothy Fosu-Mensah will play no part in Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool on Thursday night.

The trio are fully fit but ineligible to be involved in the first leg of the Europa League double-header at Anfield.

Lingard is suspended, Januzaj is cup-tied following his involvement with Borussia Dortmund earlier in the season and Fosu-Mensah is ineligible.

It is a triple blow for manager Louis van Gaal, who is already without the likes of Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger due to injury.

Fosu-Mensah, 18, has earned plaudits for how he has slotted into the United first-team. The Dutchman, who has played at right-back, centre-back and in central midfield for the Under-21s this season, was accomplished at left-back on his senior debut in the win against Arsenal last month.

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Three days later, he delivered a commanding performance in the 1-0 win over Watford in the absence of the injured Chris Smalling.

Fosu-Mensah, who joined United from Ajax in 2014, has not been with the club long enough to be considered ‘homegrown’ under the Uefa rules.

Van Gaal omitted Fosu-Mensah from the A-list squad, which included Regan Poole, that United submitted to Uefa last month.

In other Manchester United news, Bastian Schweinsteiger is closing in on a first-team comeback after returning to training.