Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard could find themselves battling against one and other to get a rare start in Manchester United’s game against Young Boys next month.

With our Champions League last-16 place assured as Group F winners, caretaker manager Michael Carrick, or maybe even an interim manager, could choose to ring the changes at Old Trafford in two weeks time.

With Neil Wood’s under-19 side still needing to match Villarreal’s result in their final UEFA Youth League group game to ensure top spot is sealed.

It’s highly unlikely that a number of the club’s talented academy stars will be promoted to the first team for matchday six.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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Amad may be given his first Manchester United start of the season, but beyond that, it’s likely that the starting line-up against the Swiss side will be filled with senior players.

The likes of Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial will all probably feature as they need game time.

 

With Bruno Fernandes likely to be rested and van de Beek being an option in central midfield, Mata or Lingard could be given their first start this season, aside from the Carabao Cup, in the attacking midfielder role.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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The Spaniard came on with seconds left at the El Madrigal in what seemed more of an opportunity to give goalscorer Jadon Sancho a standing ovation.

Lingard hasn’t played anymore than 25 minutes in a game in the Champions League or Premier League so far this season (Transfermarkt).

With both players out of contract at the end of the season, it could potentially be the last time that either player starts a game for Manchester United.

There is a slight chance that the pair could start the game against Young Boys together, but neither of them are a natural winger, which therefore makes it unlikely.

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