Manchester United take on QPR on Saturday in the club’s second pre-season friendly. The first was a 2-1 win over Derby last week.

United used 23 players in that match, making nine changes at half-time, two more on 60 minutes, and another with 12 to go.

With 27 players on the club’s training camp this week, expect plenty of changes in this game too, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to give players the minutes they need to get fit.

What United could do differently this time is pick a first team and play them for a full hour before making multiple changes. With this in mind, which 11 players should United be looking to select?

As good as Tahith Chong was in the first game, he is heading out on loan and United should be looking to prioritise other players, for instance. Likewise, why should Andreas Pereira get prominent minutes at the expense of a younger player when he has little future at the club?


Here is a look at the XI we would like to see this weekend at Loftus Road…

Breaking down the selection

Tom Heaton is deserving of a follow-up appearance in goal after an impressive performance against Derby. In defence expect Teden Mengi and Axel Tuanzebe to continue their partnership. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will also start at right-back.

At left-back it is important Alex Telles gets substantial time. Luke Shaw is nursing an injury after Euro 2020, The Telegraph report, and so the Brazilian will have an important role to play.

United’s midfield is trickier as there are more options. As outlined earlier , this is a crucial fixture for Hannibal, and James Garner, as the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek return to first team training next week.

Derby County v Manchester United - Pre-Season Friendly
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Scott McTominay is in contention to feature and could play instead of Nemanja Matic, but United also need to see if the break has done the Serbian good and whether he can play a role next season.

Mason Greenwood will get another chance to lead the line, and it is a great chance for both Anthony Elanga and Facundo Pellistri to show what they are capable of in attack once again.

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