Predicted Manchester United XI v Club Brugge

Manchester United face Club Brugge on Thursday night at Old Trafford in the Europa League.

The first leg of the last 32 tie finished 1-1 with Anthony Martial scoring a vital away goal.

The requirements for United are straightforward. Win the game, and progress to the next round.

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Unlike the first leg which saw United rest key men Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to play nearest to his strongest side against Brugge.

An away game against Everton days later complicates selection a little, but this is a match United simply have to win.

Formation dilemma will guide selection

It is not always easy to know which formation Solskjaer will go with nowadays.

We expect he will select a 4-2-3-1 formation for the home fixture as he did against Watford, and revert to a 3-4-1-2 away at Everton on Sunday.

This will mean the biggest decision will come at left-back, with Luke Shaw a contender to get the nod over Brandon Williams after a run of impressive form.

There is a choice to be made in goal too after Sergio Romero’s error last week. The Argentine will probably play, but Solskjaer will be tempted to go with David de Gea.

In midfield expect to see Fred and Nemanja Matic, with Scott McTominay on the bench.

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Fernandes will start in attacking midfield as will Anthony Martial up front, with Dan James and Mason Greenwood on either side.

Odion Ighalo should be a contender to make his first start against Everton, and could have a role to play off the bench on Thursday night.

Greenwood has done so well in the Europa League so far, netting four goals in five group stage games. After his strike at the weekend, Solskjaer should roll him back out to help United try and kill Brugge off early.

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