Predicted Manchester United line-up v Leicester City

Manchester United will field a heavily rotated team against Leicester City tonight.

With Champions League qualification already established, this is simply a game to get past, with another against Liverpool to be played on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a job on his hands picking the right team, with some areas easier than others to fill.

Lets begin with the easier aspects of the team selection, the goalkeeper and back four…

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Back five rotate in…

Expect an all-change backline, with David de Gea returning to the Premier League line-up for Dean Henderson, who will come back in to face Liverpool.

Alex Telles will replace Luke Shaw at left-back, and Brandon Williams will fill in for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

At centre-back Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe will come in for Victor Lindelof, and Harry Maguire, who has an injury.

That’s the easy part. Midfield and attack is a little trickier…

Amad to start?

Nemanja Matic will start in central midfield and it will likely be Scott McTominay alongside him, who was rested entirely against Roma.

Donny van de Beek will replace a rested Bruno Fernandes, while Juan Mata is likely to replace Mason Greenwood on the right.

From there, United have a few problems, with Anthony Martial and Dan James currently not match fit.

United will want to rest both Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani for Thursday’s match with Liverpool.

This could provide a chance for Amad Diallo to start – up front, the role he played when he came off the bench against AC Milan and scored.

Paul Pogba could be asked to play 60 minutes before being brought off, possibly for a young player like Anthony Elanga, and then rested entirely against Liverpool, with Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani and Greenwood returning.

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Amad in a central role could work well, with Van de Beek, Mata and Pogba around him, good technical player he can interchange with. Van de Beek in particular could play almost as a second striker.

This line-up would see nine changes to the Villa game, with just Pogba and McTominay retaining their places. While Leicester are a tough side, it is a case of ‘needs must’, and this is a team packed with quality, and players with a point to prove.

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