Five facts about Joe Rothwell: The latest youngster called into Manchester United's first-team

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Joe Rothwell is in Manchester United's squad to face Watford on Wednesday.

Another game, another lesser-known young Manchester United player called into Louis van Gaal's first-team squad.

Joe Rothwell is in contention to face Watford at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with Michael Carrick not among the party of United players that gathered at the Lowry Hotel, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marouane Fellaini are also out, leaving Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, James Weir and now Rothwell as the only recognised central midfielders available to Van Gaal.

Here are five things you should know about the 21-year-old:

1) He joined the club aged six, and was a winger initially before switching to a central role. "I like to get on the ball and drive forward and set up attacks," Rothwell said last year, as quoted by the MEN.

"My main asset is driving past players, beating players and bringing others into play. I’m trying to add a few more goals so hopefully I can do that."

2) On the subject of goals, Rothwell scored his first of the campaign last month - the winner against Manchester City's Under-21s at Leigh Sports Village.

3) He has played first-team football before, though, making three appearances for Blackpool in last season's Championship, and seven for Barnsley across all competitions in 2015-16.

4) If he plays against Watford, he'll be the 15th academy graduate to make his United debut under Van Gaal, after Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Regan Poole, Donald Love, Joe Riley, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Paddy McNair, Tom Thorpe, Tyler Blackett, Saidy Janko, Reece James and Weir.

5) The Manchester-born youngster has represented England at every youth level from under-16 upwards, except the under-21s, and was a former teammate of United first-teamer Luke Shaw.

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