Predicted Manchester United line up v Club Brugge
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decisions to make ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League game away at Club Brugge.
While one approach may simply be to select the same XI which beat Chelsea on Monday, it’s rarely that simple.
United have an important game in the Premier League on Sunday at home to Watford, and the second leg against Brugge next Thursday.
There is a big squad available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he will undoubtedly make changes here.
Who comes in?
The first decision is in goal. Solskjaer is likely to start with Sergio Romero as he has done for the majority of the Europa League so far ahead of David de Gea.
In central defence the first question is over the tactics. Given this is a ‘must not lose’ away game, it is probably United go with three centre-backs just like on Monday night.
Eric Bailly was excellent against Chelsea, but is it really wise to start the injury prone defender twice in four days, after such a long spell out?
Victor Lindelöf only missed Monday’s match with an illness as opposed to an injury. He was back in training today and if he is cleared to return then expect him to replace Bailly.
One possible change is at right-back with Diogo Dalot looking for just his second start in 2020. Aaron Wan-Bissaka can’t start every game and Dalot is a quality alternative.
In midfield it makes sense to stick with the trio of Nemanja Matic, Fred and Bruno Fernandes. Scott McTominay is not quite ready to return to start, and when he does he will provide respite, although he could be on the bench.
The formation will allow United to start two strikers, and Mason Greenwood’s surprise absence from training [MEN] suggests he will miss out.
This means Odion Ighalo could make his full debut alongside Anthony Martial.
In summary there will be changes to the side against Chelsea: De Gea, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka and James out and Romero, Lindelöf, Dalot and Ighalo in.
Who else could feature? Don’t rule out the option of Fernandes starting on the bench and either Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard or Andreas Pereira coming in.
While this won’t be ideal, United have a responsibility to manage Fernandes’ minutes well and this could mean the game against Watford, and the home match vs Brugge plus the away trip to Everton days later all are considered as a priority.
We are backing him to start but don’t be surprised if the Portugal international features from the bench in Belgium.
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