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Several youngsters named in Champions League squad

Posted by nickogs20 on September 9, 2008

A number of United’s most promising young talents have been included on the squad list submitted to UEFA for the group stages of this year’s Champions League.

Recent arrivals to the club Fábio da Silva, Rafael da Silva and Rodrigo Possebon are all included on the 25-man ‘A’ list, while those initially included on the ‘B’ list include all the leading lights from the reserve setup.

The full squad list is as follows (youngsters in red):

1 Edwin van der Sar
12 Ben Foster
29 Tomasz Kuszczak
38 Ron-Robert Zieler *
40 Ben Amos *

2 Gary Neville
3 Patrice Evra
5 Rio Ferdinand
6 Wes Brown
15 Nemanja Vidić
20 Fábio Da Silva
21 Rafael Da Silva

22 John O’Shea
23 Jonny Evans *
36 David Gray *
39 James Chester *
42 Richard Eckersley *

4 Owen Hargreaves
8 Anderson
11 Ryan Giggs
13 Ji-Sung Park
16 Michael Carrick
17 Nani
18 Paul Scholes
19 Daniel Welbeck *
24 Darren Fletcher
28 Darron Gibson *
33 Sam Hewson *
34 Rodrigo Possebon
35 Thomas Cleverley *

7 Cristiano Ronaldo
9 Dimitar Berbatov
10 Wayne Rooney
26 Manucho
32 Carlos Tévez
Those with an asterisk next to their names are registered on List B. Competing clubs can register as many players as they like on List B (at any point during the season) as long as they are born on or after 1 January 1987 and have been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since their 15th birthday by the time they are registered with UEFA. This explains the absence of the only United player with a squad number not to feature on the list (bar those out on loan), Federico Macheda – the Italian has only been a United player for one year.

Other things to note from that list – Richard Eckersley has been assigned squad number 42, which wasn’t included in the official squad number list revealed before the start of the season. Also, Danny Welbeck is incorrectly listed as a midfielder.

One other talking point… clubs are required to name at least eight ‘homegrown’ players on the 25-man List A – four ‘club trained’ and four ‘association trained’, the definitions of which are below:

A “club-trained player” is a player who, between the age of 15 (or the start of
the season during which he turns 15) and 21 (or the end of the season during
which he turns 21), and irrespective of his nationality and age, has been
registered with his current club for a period, continuous or not, of three entire
seasons (i.e. a period starting with the first official match of the relevant
national championship and ending with the last official match of that relevant
national championship) or of 36 months.

An “association-trained player” is a player who, between the age of 15 (or the
start of the season during which the player turns 15) and 21 (or the end of
the season during which the player turns 21), and irrespective of his
nationality and age, has been registered with a club or with other clubs
affiliated to the same national association as that of his current club for a
period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or of 36 months.

United have seven club-trained players on List A – Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Darren Fletcher and Cristiano Ronaldo. Jonny Evans, Darron Gibson and Ron-Robert Zieler could all be included on List A also if required, as could almost all of the other List B players (Wayne Rooney misses out on being eligible for club-trained status as he joined the Reds after the first game of his first season with us). Fábio and Rafael will also be considered club-trained if they spend the rest of this season and the following two with us, and don’t go out on loan (a domestic loan would still render them association-trained).

As for association-trained players – in addition to those named above, United have another four players eligible in Ben Foster, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.

All of this puts United in an enviable position compared to their fellow English representatives in the CL. Chelsea and Arsenal could only each name five ‘homegrown’ players on List A, which left them with just 22 players on their A list. Liverpool meanwhile were forced to register the likes of Stephen Darby and Jay Spearing as homegrown players in order to meet the criteria, leading to the forced omission of Sami Hyppia.

Sir Alex Ferguson meanwhile had the luxury of both having enough ‘homegrown’ first-team players to comfortably meet the quota, and of being able to put the likes of Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson on List B in order to free up places for the young Brazilians. This is of course something that may change over the next few years, with Neville, Scholes and Giggs reaching the end of their careers and doubts over the future of Ronaldo, but UEFA’s quotas have long been part of Fergie’s transfer thinking and you would not expect the Reds to fall foul of them in the way their domestic rivals have done this year.

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16 Responses to “Several youngsters named in Champions League squad”

  1. RFR said

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  3. affan said

    a delightful read….very informative!

  4. bazza said

    Wonder why Evans is only on the B-list though? Does that means he’s a back up to the squad proper?

    Was hoping he’d get some playing time if we play well and qualify from the group stages early.

  5. SmokeJaguar said

    Great article-thanks

  6. Feyitsesan said

    GREAT JOB .I sure feel qualified 4 top level discussion on the CL after biting into this blog

  7. ManU said

    Please leave out John Oshea because he is not up to MU standard and has not improve ever since.Sell him off or downgrade to reserved team

  8. Uggs said

    You forget about OShea he has the adaptablility to play in several positions and has proven his worth with vital goals along the years.

    He is not the carthorse people think he is, and unlike some does not mind being a squad player.

    Which all big teams need like United require to keep the bigger ego’s happy.

  9. nickogs20 said

    Bazza – Evans is on the B List purely to free up a spot on the A List for one of the three Brazilians, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to be included. It doesn’t really say anything about or affect his status within the squad. He’s still available to play every CL game, as are all the B List players.

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  13. JGClifton said

    Shouldn’t Wellbeck be listed in the Strikers? Ferguson would have gotten rid of O’Shea if he was that bad. He always does a good job when called upon and like many players doesn’t mind just being a squad player.

  14. Anant said

    wow….tremendous job….i was just used to the knowledge i have from football manager in which only 25 players can be registered .
    hope we see more homegrown kids breaking through soon!

  15. Kshan said

    Fantastic man utd youngters…………………

  16. […] make three changes to their registered UEFA ‘A’ list. Owen Hargreaves and Manucho were originally registered on that list back in September, but with the former ruled out for the season through injury and the latter spending the rest of […]

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