Should Manchester United start Will Fish and Ethan Galbraith this weekend to wrap first-team stars in cotton wool for final?

Manchester United have some big decisions to make this weekend.

With the Europa League just days away, and second-place in the Premier League secured, the Red Devils could play a much-changed team against Wolves.

There is a bigger reason than simply giving the fringe players and youngsters a chance. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not want to risk any more of his first-team stars getting injured.

He already has doubts over Harry Maguire, Fred and Scott McTominay. And more could follow if they get an unnecessary run-out on Sunday.

United need to wrap their remaining centre-backs and central midfielders in cotton wool. In so doing, that could give two youngsters in particular a chance to impress.


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Will Fish

United have looked porous without Maguire at the heart of their back line. But they cannot risk losing either Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailly this close to the final.

Both should be rested, leaving Axel Tuanzebe to potentially partner youngster Will Fish.

The 18-year-old is a raw talent and his under-23 performances prove he still has some way to go. But that is less important than United’s need to keep their fit senior options available for the final.

Fish regularly captains the second string and he was one the bench against Granada earlier this season.

A final day run-out would give him some much needed experience while keeping Lindelof and Bailly fit in case Maguire doesn’t recover in time.

Ethan Galbraith

United will be hoping Fred and McTominay are both available for the showpiece event. But issues with the pair mean they are doubts and Solskjaer has a big choice to make.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata could all feature against Wolves. But United may need at least two of that pair to start the final on Wednesday.

As a result, and given Matic has rarely played two games in succession this season, another youngster could step in for their last domestic clash.

Ethan Galbraith will be hoping for just his second senior United game this weekend and he would be a sensible pick.

The 20-year-old has a contract until 2023 and big things are expected of him at Old Trafford.

A chance to run out in the league, albeit in a much-changed side, would be great for the Northern Ireland international. It would also allow his more experienced teammates to put their feet up and stay fresh for Solskjaer’s big chance for silverware.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.