Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match in caretaker charge of Manchester United couldn’t have gone any better, as the Reds ran out 5-1 winners against Cardiff on Saturday.
The caretaker boss shuffled the pack for the trip to his former club and it would be a surprise to see too many deviations from that as he prepares for his first home match in charge, against Huddersfield Town tomorrow.
We’ve put together a predicted lineup as Solskjaer goes in search of yet another comprehensive win…
Goalkeeper and Back Four
David de Gea could do nothing about Cardiff’s goal from the penalty spot and Luke Shaw’s marauding performance from left back was so good that both of those players will expect to play again here.
Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones were imperious and with Chris Smalling still sidelined, Solskjaer will more than likely reprise that central defensive duo again against the Terriers.
Ashley Young played at right back and although he bombed on impressively, this new aggressive approach suits Diogo Dalot perfectly and the Portuguese flier will be looking for a recall here.
Paul Pogba was recalled for the match against the Bluebirds and his commanding display means he will expect to play again.
Ander Herrera found the net and will hope that is enough to keep him in the side, but there is the possibility that Nemanja Matic could be replaced with a more creative, energetic influence.
Fred and Andreas Pereira both came off the bench at Cardiff and would offer more ingenuity on the ball in a match where United will expect to dominate once more.
As expected, Solskjaer went with an energetic front three and the majestic nature of some of the interplay – especially in the first half – was the most pleasing aspect of the game.
Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all found the net and should all keep their places here.