Predicted Manchester United XI to face LASK
Manchester United have another big match this week away at LASK in the Europa League last 16.
This is an important fixture in United’s season, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to get his team selection right and not underestimate the Austrians.
Looming in the background is a Premier League clash on Sunday with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, who have two extra days rest.
Who could be rested?
United have a spine of key players who are likely to be left out of the starting XI to prepare for the Tottenham game.
The first is goalkeeper David de Gea, to be replaced by Sergio Romero, as he has been for most Europa League games.
In midfield Nemanja Matic is likely to continue being used sparingly, and Scott McTominay is the ideal replacement.
Up front Anthony Martial will likely sit out and be replaced by Odion Ighalo, who will be bidding to score in his third successive start.
Eric Bailly is also likely to play in central defence, and Harry Maguire is too important to drop for this away fixture. Victor Lindelöf will likely make way.
What else is under consideration?
Ideally, United would save Bruno Fernandes, but he played against LASK in the group stages and scored, and he is surely a must-pick.
Luke Shaw was substituted late against City and could be a doubt this week. There is no reason to risk him and Brandon Williams should play.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka should keep his place at right-back. United must be wary of making too many changes to a backline.
This could also be the ideal moment to start Tahith Chong. The youngster signed a new contract yesterday and provided an assist late on against Club Brugge.
His confidence will be brimming and away from the pressure of Old Trafford, Chong could seize his chance to thrive, with questions marks over his future gone.
It would also be good to see Juan Mata link up with Bruno Fernandes, rather than Jesse Lingard or Andreas Pereira start.
Mason Greenwood will also be pushing for an opportunity and will be in contention to feature, although we anticipate he will have to settle for a place on the bench.
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