Manchester United are preparing to play the team’s third semi-final of the season.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking avoid repeats of defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, and win against Europa League opponents Sevilla.
So what went wrong in those defeats? In both of the games we lost 3-1, the home leg of the Carabao Cup, and the game against Chelsea, they were a result of too many changes.
Against City these changes were enforced by injuries, with Phil Jones among the starters, while versus Chelsea, fear of fatigue and changes to focus on the Premier League, disrupted our rhythm.
This time there is no injury crisis to deal with. There is no other competition to focus on.
Solskjaer has no obstacles to naming his first choice XI, other than sentiment.
Two changes expected
The big decision comes at centre-back where Solskjaer must choose between Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
Both players have strong cases, but Lindelof has played three times as many games as Bailly this season and we expect Solskjaer to go with the Swede as he looks for consistency next to Harry Maguire.
The second decision is easier. It is in central midfield, and it will see Nemanja Matic come in for Fred.
Sevilla playmaker Ever Banega is a tricky player to contain and while Matic at his best will have a tough task on his hands, he is our best shot of stopping him.
In goal United may not go with first choice goalkeeper David de Gea, and could pick Sergio Romero instead, as we did in the quarter-final.
Romero is not a controversial pick, considering how well he has played when called upon this season.
De Gea was brought back in for the FA Cup semi-final and it backfired, and while a decision to go with Romero may be a sentimental one, it is a logical one too, with the goalkeeper playing a key role in our 2017 Europa League win.
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