The performances must improve but Manchester United got the job done in the UEFA Champions League against Villarreal. Our attention now turns to facing Everton in the Premier League this weekend.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani could start the game on Saturday against Everton and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to change the side around to try to find some rhythm in the attack.
One complaint, supposedly issued by Ronaldo, was that our attacking play is too slow and the introduction of Cavani saw the tempo increase significantly.
Hopefully Luke Shaw is back fit because the rest of the defence will pick itself, even with Harry Maguire’s absence due to injury. Victor Lindelof can slot in alongside Raphael Varane, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka coming back to his familiar right-back role.
On top of that, David de Gea’s heroics on Wednesday night should make him the first name on the teamsheet.
Fred is likely to start this one alongside Scott McTomniay in the middle of the park — allowing Bruno Fernandes to get further forward. And a rest for Paul Pogba.
Followed by a front three of Cavani, Ronaldo and Jason Sancho.
SN’s predicted XI: De Gea; AWB, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Sancho, Ronaldo, Cavani.