Manchester United travel to RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night knowing they need just a draw to qualify for the last 16.
After an inconsistent start to the season, failure is not an option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who embarked on a spending spree in the summer, bringing in the likes of Alex Telles from FC Porto, Donny van de Beek from Ajax, and wide options Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri, as well as former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani as a free agent.
The United boss confirmed Cavani and Anthony Martial will miss the Champions League clash, which means Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are expected to lead the line, whilst Luke Shaw is available again after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Here at Football Fancast, we’ve worked on a predicted starting line-up, which sees Solskjaer make four changes to the team that beat West Ham at the London Stadium.
Dean Henderson may push for a recall, but United’s No. 1 goalkeeper David de Gea has been so strong in Europe that we reckon Solskjaer will stick with his trusted first-choice stopper after he missed the 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.
It’s unlikely he will make many changes to the back four, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Telles likely to start, although he has flirted with a three-man defence before, so Axel Tuanzebe could be in contention to start alongside the club captain.
Scott McTominay and Van de Beek struggled at times against West Ham, so switching Paul Pogba back to a deep-lying position and bringing Nemanja Matic to the left of the circle could be a tempting option, but Fred misses out in midfield as he is suspended for their final group stage tie.
The Red Devils are level on points with Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain and can qualify for the last 16 with a draw at the Red Bull Arena.
United’s team to face the Bundesliga challengers will most likely contain no real surprises upfront, with Greenwood and Rashford given the green light to start after the forward pair picked up injuries at the weekend, whilst Bruno Fernandes returns to the starting line-up, having started from the bench against the Hammers.