Three questions for Manchester United ahead of Club Brugge trip

Manchester United continue their quest for Europa League glory when they travel to face Club Brugge tomorrow night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face one of the sides who dropped into the competition from the Champions League in the last 32.

Following on from the 2-0 victory against Chelsea on Monday, there are still questions for Solskjaer to answer and we’ve picked out three of the most pressing.

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Does Solskjaer make changes?

United are embarking on a hectic schedule where games are coming up pretty much every three days.

That provides Solskjaer with a challenge in terms of managing a thin squad which has been hit by injuries of late too.

Chelsea and Tottenham face off in the Premier League this weekend, providing United with a golden opportunity to make up ground on at least one top four rival when they host Watford the next day.

Solskjaer may opt to rest a couple of players with one eye on the clash with the Hornets, knowing United have a home leg in which to recover if they fail to win in Belgium.

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Stick with five at the back?

Solskjaer has tinkered with five at the back through his reign as United boss.

Monday’s win was the latest strong result secured using the system, but Solskjaer has generally changed back to a four-man backline against opponents of a smaller profile.

United have struggled to break down those sides at times this season and Solskjaer is still searching for the balance.

Whatever Solskjaer does, he needs to try and ensure United aren’t so heavily reliant on the counter attack.

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What does he do about James?

Despite the winter break, Daniel James looked leggy and lost at times against Chelsea, even though his work rate never wavered.

What does Solskjaer do? He can keep trying to play the Welshman through the rough patch, hoping that a goal will reignite his season.

Or he can try taking James out of the side, giving him the break that it looks like he needs, but risking damaging his confidence even further.

Solskjaer does at least have Odion Ighalo in reserve if he wants to make a change, but he must manage young James carefully.

Mason Greenwood missed training and that could end up elevating James in Solskjaer’s plans.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.