Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has big calls to make every week, but the pressure is on after nailing it against PSG as the Reds kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over last season’s finalists.
The players know they need to gain a first home victory of the season and must show more consistency if they are to build on their previous campaign — finishing third in the Premier League and reaching the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals.
So, will Solskjaer stick with three defenders flanked by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles?
Harry Maguire missed the trip to Paris but could be available but Eric Bailly is likely to be sidelined until next month. Axel Tuanzebe came back with a bang and kept Kylian Mbappe in his pocket.
Luke Shaw, who was one of the central defenders against PSG, could also operate in Telles’ role but the Brazilian’s crossing is something I want to see against Chelsea and I think a lot of United fans will agree after seeing his debut.
There’s big calls to be made in midfield, too.
We’ve not seen much of Donny van de Beek since he joined in the summer and Solskjaer made a big call in Paris to drop Paul Pogba. Fred and Scott McTominay played key roles against PSG while Nemanja Matic is another option the manager can call upon to face the Serb’s former side, while Bruno Fernandes is a certainty to start.
According to ManUtd.com, Edinson Cavani is training hard and will be trying to get match-fit in time. Solskjaer is expected to give an update on that tomorrow morning at his press conference.
Mason Greenwood has been warned by the club about his behaviour, as per Sky Sports, so it remains to be seen if he will return to the squad.
The youngster obviously has a lot of learning to do…