Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has given young forwards Jesse Lingaard and James Wilson a day off on Wednesday after omitting them from the squad that will face Ipswich Town in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday 23 September. The duo were expected to play against the Suffolk-based team, after having featured for the first-team in the past.
Wilson has been a member of the senior United squad for over a year after breaking into the first-team under interim manager Ryan Giggs during the 2013/14 season. He scored on his debut for the Red Devils as also on debut for the England U21 squad earlier in the month.
The 19-year-old striker was keen to go out on loan after failing to make it to a matchday squad this season, and the Dutch manager had indicated that he would be joining a Championship club on a temporary basis.
However, Van Gaal changed his mind and retained the forward as part of United's first-team for the ongoing campaign. Lingaard, on the other hand, was also in the manager's plans at the start of last season, but a knee injury saw him being sidelined for the first-half of the campaign before joining Derby County in January for the remainder of the season.
The duo have been consistent performers at the youth level for the 20-times English champions, with the two scoring in United's 3-1 win over Everton in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Monday 21 September. This prompted the manager to omit them from the senior squad and offer them an extra day's rest before they return to training on Thursday 24 September.
"I don't need them so they can have a day off and then Thursday they will be fresh and can train," Van Gaal told United's official site.
According to the Mirror, United youngsters Sean Goss and Guillermo Varela are in line to feature for the Red Devils against Ipswich after the manager indicated that he will give one or two players a chance to debut for the first-team. Van Gaal, however, will be wary of playing too many youngsters after being beaten 4-0 last year at the same stage of the competition by League One side MK Dons.