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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing a young squad to face the game with Astana

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing a young squad to face the game with Astana

Nicky Butt will travel to Kazakhstan with the Manchester United first-team squad, a sign that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing to take a young traveling party for the game with Astana.

Butt, formerly the head of the club’s academy, switched roles in July and became the head of first-team development to focus on the progress of United’s young talent.

It is understood two of Solskjaer’s coaching staff, Kieron McKenna and Michael Carrick, will remain in Manchester to work with the senior players who will not be traveling, ahead of the game with Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United will jet to Kazakhstan on Tuesday afternoon for their fifth Europa League game of the campaign after having already qualified to the round of 32 with a 3-0 win over Partizan earlier this month.

The game on Thursday evening in Nur-Sultan will see them faced with temperatures below -10 degrees Celsius, with players, staff and fans recommended to only spend 10 minutes outside in the open air at a time.

Hosting the Europa League clash will be the Astana Arena, which will feature a closed roof in a bid to protect the players from the chilly conditions.

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