Manchester United will be aiming to kick off their Champions League campaign in impressive fashion when they take on Swiss outfit Young Boys this evening.
The Red Devils have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 in the opening weeks of the Premier League season, and transferring that form onto the European stage will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s next task.
United were hugely underwhelming in this competition last term, bowing out in the group stage after making a solid start, with Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig progressing at their expense.
However, with a slightly easier group on paper this time around, the Old Trafford outfit are expected to advance to the knockout stages with minimal fuss, but Solskjaer will be without a handful of first-team stars for this clash at the Wankdorf Stadium as Edinson Cavani has joined Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford on the treatment table.
With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast expects the Red Devils to line up against their Swiss opponents in today’s early evening kick-off…
In goal, Spain international David de Gea is set to keep his place between the sticks despite Dean Henderson’s recovery from a viral infection after making a strong start to the season.
Ahead of him will be the same back four which has started the last two league fixtures, with Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Aaron Wan-Bissaka showing promise as a defensive unit.
The engine room is where Solskjaer really has some big decisions to make. Nemanja Matic formed a double pivot alongside Paul Pogba over the weekend, but the £7.2m-rated Serbian could make way for Fred in the middle of the pitch.
That should mean Pogba keeps his place alongside the reinstated Brazilian, with England internationals Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood either side of Cristiano Ronaldo in attack and Bruno Fernandes just behind his Portuguese compatriot, who will hope to build on his two goals from his ‘second debut’ on Saturday.