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Solskjaer drops Dan James: Man United’s predicted starting XI vs RB Leipzig

Manchester United will want to make it two wins out of two in the Champions League when they welcome RB Leipzig to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stunned Paris Saint-Germain in a 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes last week, thanks to a late winner from Marcus Rashford, before United drew a blank with Chelsea at home over the weekend.

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The Red Devils are in the middle of a difficult run of fixtures, as they face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Sunday, so Solskjaer will have lots to think about when he picks his side to greet Julian Nagelsmann’s high-flying Leipzig.

Here, Football FanCast has taken a look at how Solskjaer could set his side up for the contest, which sees him make three changes to the team that drew with Chelsea.


Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard remain absent due to injury, although Anthony Martial is available for selection as he serves a domestic suspension.

Solskjaer switched back to his favourite 4-2-3-1 formation against Frank Lampard’s side and it’s unlikely he will want to mess around with his preferred system with so much still at stake in the Champions League group stages.

The back four managed to keep the Blues at bay, so Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof will most likely line-up in front of the club’s first choice goalkeeper David de Gea, with Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka keeping their places on the opposite flanks.

Scott McTominay and Fred arguably outshone N’Golo Kante, so Fred may receive a well-earned rest with Sunday’s game against Arsenal in the back of Solskjaer’s mind, which would see Paul Pogba take his place in the starting line-up.

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On the other hand, Daniel James has once again struggled for consistency this season, as his bright start to the season in the 4-1 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park has been overshadowed by his poor performance against the Blues. In The Times, Tony Cascarino described him as being in ‘woefully poor form’. This could give Solskjaer the chance to test Mason Greenwood’s mettle, as he came off the bench against Chelsea.

Edinson Cavani came so close to scoring on his debut with his very first touch of the ball but we fully expect to see Martial leading the line once more. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the former Paris Saint-Germain striker make a substitute appearance at some point in the second half.

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