Manchester United are looking to build on their win over Newcastle United this afternoon when they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.
The Red Devils return to Premier League action after securing their place in the last 16 of the Europa League thanks to a goalless draw with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a selection dilemma ahead of United’s trip to west London, with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba all ruled out due to injury.
Here is Football FanCast‘s prediction for how Solskjaer’s starting XI will line up when they face-off against Thomas Tuchel’s side, which sees the manager make four changes from the draw with Real Sociedad.
While Dean Henderson put in a solid, albeit unspectacular performance on Thursday night, David de Gea is likely to be given the nod between the sticks. The Spaniard is Solskjaer’s undisputed first-choice and should start once again this afternoon.
United’s back-line have been far too inconsistent for their own liking but showed some much-needed character in a much better performance at home to Newcastle and despite a few changes were solid again against Real Sociedad.
Both Aaron-Wan Bissaka and Luke Shaw have silenced the critics since the start of this season, while Harry Maguire should also make his return to action, and will start alongside Eric Bailly to form the rest of the back four.
With both McTominay and Pogba still missing due to injury, Nemanja Matic and Fred have performed admirably in their absence, and are expected to take to the field against Chelsea.
While Daniel James has played a fairly decent role in replacing Mason Greenwood on the right-wing, the Welshman is carrying a knock, and as such it is unlikely he will be risked in the midst of a busy schedule.
Unfortunately for Solskjaer, it will also come too soon for Cavani, which means Anthony Martial is expected to lead the line for the visitors, despite the fact that he has failed to score in any of his past four appearances across all competitions.
Thankfully, the in-form Marcus Rashford has been on a hot streak since the start of this season, having made 25 Premier League appearances with nine goals and eight assists and he will look to add to his numbers when the two sides collide later today.
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