Manchester United have the chance to win their first major trophy in four years when they take on Villarreal in the Europa League final.
Wednesday night’s encounter at the Stadion Miejski in Gdansk will also give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the opportunity to claim his maiden piece of silverware as the manager of the Red Devils after suffering four consecutive semi-final defeats.
The Old Trafford outfit ended that particular run in impressive fashion, seeing off Roma 8-5 on aggregate to reach this season’s showpiece event, and they’ll be looking to finish the job in equally impressive fashion tonight as fans check Ladbrokes sign up offers available.
Star centre-back Harry Maguire is facing a race to prove his fitness in time to start, but Solskjaer has no new injury concerns going into what is arguably the Norwegian’s biggest game during his managerial career.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects United to line up tonight, with a huge ten changes from the side which started against Wolves last time out…
Dean Henderson appears to have blown his chance to prove himself as United’s No.1 goalkeeper – for now at least – after a horrendous display against Liverpool. David de Gea was rested against Wolves over the weekend and is expected to return for this crucial encounter.
Solskajer will wait up until the last minute for Maguire to get himself fit and able to play against Villarreal, but it’s unlikely that the England international will be able to recover in time to feature from the off.
Therefore, Eric Bailly is set to partner Victor Lindelof at the heart of defence, with the dependable duo of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw taking up their usual slots at full-back.
One of the biggest calls that Ole will have to make is in midfield. The former Molde boss has often opted for a double-pivot made up of Fred and Scott McTominay in big games for added protection.
However, he may be tempted to ditch that approach, given how fell his forwards have been playing in recent months. The more athletic McTominay may just get the nod over Fred, providing cover for Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes as the pair roam and provide creativity for the front three.
It will mean that the £31.5m-rated (as per Transfermarkt) Donny van de Beek drops to the bench after an underwhelming first season in English football.
A forward line of Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford should get the nod as Solskjaer entrusts the talented trio to fire United to Europa League glory.