Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will use the fact that his team aren't in the Champions League to give fringe members of his squad playing time with the reserves and U21's, according to the Telegraph.
The Red Devils had their worst ever Premier League campaign last time round under former boss David Moyes, who was sacked after just 10 months in charge.
They finished seventh which meant they missed out on Europa League football too, so while their rivals in the Premier League prepare to take on the best Europe have to offer this week, Manchester United stars can put their feet up.
However, according to the Telegraph, Van Gaal won't let them rest on their laurels, and plans to use some of his squad players who aren't getting regular action in the reserves and U21's. He did just that with Luke Shaw and Adnan Januzaj last night - both players featured against Sunderland with the latter hitting a hat-trick to remind Van Gaal of his ability.
Shaw in particular has struggled for fitness so far this season and has been accused of being overweight, so will be used in mid-week games to sharpen up. He looked set to make his Manchester United debut against QPR at the weekend but was an unused sub, an indication that Van Gaal doesn't believe he is up to speed just yet.
The paper adds that Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young will all be given run-outs in order to get up to speed and prove their worth to the Manchester United boss.
Manchester United's next reserve game comes against Tottenham later this month, and there is a real chance that all four could feature then.
Januzaj, who is yet to start a Premier League fixture for the Red Devils this season, certainly took his chance against Sunderland last night with Van Gaal in attendance, and the Belgian international was happy to find the back of the net three times to show Van Gaal what he could do.
"Obviously, even if it's reserves level, I always have to show myself and improve,” Januzaj said.
“I got a hat-trick but I think I worked hard defensively as well and these are the kind of things I have to do now and at first-team level. Of course, I played a lot of games last season and I'm trying to impress the manager once again and get games again this year as well."
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