Manchester United are set to conclude their 2019-20 season when they face-off against Austrian side LASK as the Europa League resumes on Aug 5.
United will host LASK at Old Trafford on Wednesday next week as they look to see off their Austrian counterparts in a second leg round of 16 tie which they go into 5-0 up on aggregate.
Ahead of next week’s game we have had a look at how we expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to line his Red Devils up.
Despite failing to get what many would have perhaps seen as a deserved start in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea last month, I expect Solskjaer to finally award his loyal number two with a start on Wednesday.
Having been called up to the senior squad during the restart and first choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka very much deserving of an extended break, I fully expect to see the youngster get his first start since November 2019.
United are very limited with their choices at centre-back, therefore, it wouldn’t unreasonable to assume that one of the two normal pairing of Lindelof and Harry Maguire will start. However, with Maguire playing every domestic minute for the Reds this season, I expect Solskjaer to award his captain with a rest and opt for Lindelof instead.
Having trained with the senior squad earlier last month, Wednesday’s game against LASK could see Mengi get his first professional competitive debut.
With first choice left-back Luke Shaw ruled out until next season and stand-in Timothy Fosu-Mensah failing to impress in his recent oppotunties, I fully expect to see the familiar Brandon Williams get another start next week.
Having fell victim to midfield duo Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes’ fine form, the Brazilian can perhaps consider himself unlucky not to have featured more since the restart. However, in a game which United go into 5-0 up, I fully expect Solskjaer to recall Fred back to the side’s starting line-up.
Similarly to Fred, McTominay has found his first-team chances limited since football resumed. However, with Pogba and Fernandes both in need of a rest, I believe fans can expect to see the passionate Scot back in the United starting line-up for their game on Wednesday.
After scoring the Premier League’s final goal of the season against Leicester City last Sunday, Lingard will be keen to end the season on a high. I expect Solskjaer to start Lingard in Fernandes’ number 10 role on Wednesday.
Despite coming to the end of his United career, Mata could still have a part to play in United’s remaining European games. Providing essential cover for a tired front trio, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Solskjaer rest youngster Mason Greenwood and opt to start to Mata on the right on Wednesday.
A very solid replacement for the impressive Anthony Martial; I expect Ighalo to get his first start since United’s FA Cup quarter final match against Norwich back in June.
In desperate need of a performance, James could be awarded a start ahead of first choice left-winger Marcus Rashford. The 22-year-old will be keen to remind the United faithful what he has to offer and in a game which United head into as clear favourites, this could be the perfect chance for James to do just that.
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