Matthew Willock could be a surprise inclusion in Manchester United's team to take on West Brom. pic.twitter.com/cDTt1PSCf2
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) April 1, 2017
The 20-year-old talented midfielder was seen with teammates at The Lowry Hotel on Friday evening. He has been handed the number 42 jersey ahead of the game.
London-born Willock arrived at United from Reading in 2012 after spells at Arsenal and Sunderland, and his brothers, Chris and Joe, are still in The Gunners’ academy.
Willock has trained with the senior team members already this season, and even scored for United’s Reserves team at the Etihad Stadium and Anfield. He enjoyed regular game time with United’s Under-21 title-winning side last season, and has played 22 reserves matches this term.
Willock plays as an attacking midfielder with an eye for a crucial goal. Three of his five Reserve goals have come at Premier League stadiums.
Axel Tuanzebe may also break into the 18-member squad, having traveled with the team to Middlesbrough in March. Injuries to Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have seen the England Under-20 international involved with pre-match preparations.
The Congo-born centre-half had his United debut against Wigan in January, and spent the majority of the season training with the first-team squad.
United will miss a number of players through injury and suspension ahead of the first of nine April fixtures in the Premier League and the Europa League.
“They are not important,” Mourinho said of United’s unavailable players. “The important ones are the ones who are ready to play, that’s the way we have to think.”