Welcome to our coverage of Manchester Unitedâs experimental seminar in Kazakhstan. Ole Gunnar SolskjÃ¦râs side are already through to the knockout stage of the Europa League, so this fixture against Astana presents a chance to field some debutants.
Teenagers Ethan Laird, DiâShon Bernard and Dylan Levitt, and 36-year-old goalkeeper Lee Grant, are expected to make their debuts at some point. Thereâs also a feelgood story in 19-year-old defender Max Taylorâs inclusion, promoted to the senior squad for the first time since cancer treatment.
So while on the one hand this match doesnât mean very much, on the other it means everything. The game kicks off at 3.50pm GMT, 9.50pm in the Astana Arena in NurâSultan. The roof will be closed, which is just as well because temperatures outside are set to dip below -12 degrees centigrade. Itâs on ... and we hope your hats, scarves and coats are too.