The Scottish midfielder is working his way back to full fitness after a virus but Antonio Valencia will not be involved, despite Sir Alex suggesting he would also give the Ecuador international a run-out at Barnet.
Promising midfielder Paul Pogba is also in the squad with the manager's praise still ringing in his ears while senior squad members Tomasz Kuszczak, Darron Gibson and Mame Biram Diouf get a chance to impress. Reece Brown is back from Under-20 duty with England.
United go into the league fixture at Barnet after a splendid pre-season but there is still another friendly to play - the rearranged clash at New Mills on Thursday.
Squad: Tomasz Kuszczak, Sam Johnstone; Larnell Cole, Michael Keane, Reece Brown, Ezekiel Fryers, Darren Fletcher, Paul Pogba, Darron Gibson, Danny Drinkwater, Oliver Norwood, Davide Petrucci, Jesse Lingard; Mame Biram Diouf, Will Keane.