After four away games Manchester United are back at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Victory is expected over Partizan Belgrade after beating them 1-0 away a fortnight ago.

A win will take us to 10 points from four games, potentially enough to seal qualification already dependent on the other result in the group.

As ever, United pick this line up with one eye on the weekend. This time it is a home match against Brighton at 2pm on Sunday.

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Choose a formation

United need to decide whether to go with a flat back four or three central defenders and wing backs.

We have looked a better side recently with three at the back and lost against Bournemouth after deviating away from it.

We beat Partizan with a 3-4-1-2 formation last time, but we needed a penalty to break them down, failing to register a shot on target from open play.

One potential issue is that it may be seen that starting three central defenders at home to Partizan will be seen as too negative.

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Selection issues

Ashley Young is suspended in the Premier League against Brighton which means Brandon Williams will get a long awaited start there. It does mean that Young will almost definitely start against Partizan.

None of United’s injured players are ready to return just yet and won’t be until after the international break. Victor Lindelöf is also out injured and won’t be available after missing training, the club website confirmed.

 

James Garner impressed away at Partizan and he should get another opportunity here. Scott McTominay is due a rest, leaving Fred as a midfield partner.

Jesse Lingard needs game time and Angel Gomes is still believed to be dealing with an injury, so he should get the nod ahead of Juan Mata.

Mason Greenwood also is due a start and he should get an opportunity up front, possibly alongside Anthony Martial.

Right-back is a dilemma if we want to rest Aaron Wan-Bissaka. This is a great spot to hand Ethan Laird a debut.

If Solskjaer bottles this decision, it is possible he lines up with a back four of Rojo – Lindelöf – Jones – Young.

We hope he goes for a more ambitious approach. Tahith Chong should be on the bench after an excellent under-23 performance on Monday night.

Is this line up good enough to beat Partizan? It might not be easy after they pushed us in the first leg.

There should be enough fire power in the line up with Martial and Greenwood to get a result and three at the back should be enough to shut Partizan out.

This line up would see key players Marcus Rashford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Dan James all rested for the weekend.

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