Antony & Jadon Sancho ruled out of Man Utd clash with Real Sociedad

Anthony has lost his race against time to be fit
Anthony has lost his race against time to be fit / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester United winger Antony will not feature in the crunch Europa League clash against Real Sociedad on Thursday night after failing to recover from a knock in time.

Jadon Sancho also misses the game because of illness.

Antony, who has been a regular starter in all competitions since his £86m transfer from Ajax, didn’t feature in the weekend win over West Ham because of injury.

United boss Erik ten Hag was hoping he would have the 22-year-old available as part of a fully fit squad for the trip to Spain, but Antony has failed to recover in time.

Anthony Martial has been left out of the squad after only just returning to full training, while Victor Lindelof has recovered from illness in time to be involved and there is a return for Aaron Wan-Bissaka following more than two months out injured.

Shola Shoretire is included in the travelling squad and stands to be on the bench for a first-team game for the first time this season. There also continues to be chances for academy talents Alejandro Garnacho, who started against Sheriff last week, and Zidane Iqbal.

Man Utd travelling squad to face Real Sociedad – Europa League

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Martin Dubravka, Radek Vitek

Defenders: Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Fred, Casemiro, Facundo Pellistri, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Zidane Iqbal

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Elanga, Shola Shoretire, Alejandro Garnacho

Listen now to 90min's Manchester United podcast, The Promised Land, with Scott Saunders & Rob Blanchette. In the latest episode they discuss the Real Sociedad game, Marcus Rashford and the return of Anthony Martial.

United trail Real Sociedad by three points in their Europa League group ahead of the final game. The Basque club have won all five games they have played so far – including a controversial 1-0 win at Old Trafford on matchday one back in September.

Ten Hag’s team must better that 1-0 win in order to leapfrog La Real and win the group, which is vitally important because it means getting a bye straight to the last 16 and avoiding a preliminary knockout tie against a club dropping out of the Champions League.