Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make seven changes for his side’s Europa League clash with LASK on Wednesday night. The Red Devils go into the showdown at Old Trafford 5-0 up from the first leg. Express Sport will now take a look at how they could line up when they take to the field, with eight changes from their 2-0 win over Leicester last time out expected.
United have kept faith with David De Gea throughout the course of the campaign, despite the Spain international’s erratic performances.
But, in the Europa League, it’s been Sergio Romero’s stage to shine.
The Argentina international started every game as the club won the Europa League in 2017.
And he’s set to start ahead of De Gea against LASK on Wednesday.
Romero has been irked by his lack of minutes and needs some placating from Solskjaer amid transfer interest from Leeds and Everton.
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Defence: Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Williams
Of the back four that were deployed against Leicester, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams should keep their places.
Maguire will offer some experience and composure at the back, while Williams is primed to start in place of the injured Luke Shaw.
Wan-Bissaka should also make the starting XI, with Solskjaer unconvinced by Diogo Dalot.
And Eric Bailly is likely to be selected, with the Ivory Coast international fit again after being forced out of the FA Cup defeat to Chelsea.
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Midfield: Fred, McTominay, Lingard
United star Bruno Fernandes looked in dire need of a rest against Leicester, while the Red Devils won’t want to risk Paul Pogba getting injured.
Nemanja Matic has also played a lot recently and the Serbia international is also likely to be benched.
And that will give Fred, Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard a chance to shine.
Fred and McTominay have done well throughout the course of the campaign, particularly when Pogba was injured and Fernandes was still at Sporting Lisbon.
And Lingard is primed to start having scored the crucial second goal against Leicester at the end of July.
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Attack: Mata, Ighalo, James
Juan Mata, Odion Ighalo and Daniel James haven’t been given many starting opportunities since the restart.
But the trio all sparkled in the first leg victory over LASK and should be given the nod.
That will give Solskjaer the chance to rest first-choice trio Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
Ighalo, in particular, should benefit.
He’s scored in every game he’s started ever since his loan move from Shanghai Shenhua and will want to add to his goal tally.
Full XI: Romero, WAN-BISSAKA, MAGUIRE, Bailly, WILLIAMS, Fred, McTominay, Lingard, Mata, James, Ighalo
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