Despite being diagnosed with testicular cancer 1 year ago, and only being cleared to train 2 months ago, Max Taylor has cracked Manchester United’s Europa League squad to face FK Astana.
It’s the news that nobody wants to hear – whether it be for them, a loved one, or a stranger. One year ago, 19-year-old Manchester United youth player Max Taylor was diagnosed with testicular cancer and was forced to temporarily abandon training to undergo chemotherapy.
While a cancer diagnosis at any age is life-changing and difficult to come to terms with, receiving this news as a mere 18-year-old is surely even more disheartening and painful. However, Max Taylor put up a serious fight and responded well to chemotherapy earlier this year, clearing the path for him to return to training approximately 2 months ago.
Now, he has been included by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Manchester United’s squad to take on FK Astana in the Europa League on Thursday.
Taylor, who plays centre-back, has been at the club since 2014 and has been given the green light to start playing again very recently. His inclusion headlines an extremely youthful squad for Thursday night, with 14 of the 18 players included yet to hit their 20th birthday.
With the Red Devils already having their knockout stage spot secured, Solskjaer chose to leave most of his senior players at home, to have them fresh for the weekend, and give some youth players, like Max Taylor, a big opportunity to impress.
The 4 senior players who will be a part of the 18-man squad are Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe, Lee Grant, and Jesse Lingard.
While you might expect Manchester United to make easy work of this match, if you judge Astana by their showing in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, where they lost by just 1 goal thanks to a Mason Greenwood winner, then they could pose a significant test, especially when at home. This will be no easy test for the Red Devils’ youthful squad.