Seven Manchester United players who will benefit from re-arranged fixtures

Manchester United’s revised fixture list has been confirmed, following the postponement of Sunday’s game with Liverpool amid anti-Glazer protests.

Assuming all of the following matches go ahead, United are in for an insanely busy schedule.

Next week there will be a packed stretch of games, with United playing Aston Villa on Sunday, Leicester on Tuesday, and Liverpool on Thursday.

All after a Europa League semi-final second leg tonight.

  1. Roma (A) May 6
  2. Aston Villa (A) May 9
  3. Leicester (H) May 11
  4. Liverpool (H) May 13
  5. Fulham (H) May 18
  6. Wolves (A) May 23
  7. Europa League final (?) May 26


This is a chance for United’s squad to really come in handy. Too often, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been reliant on a core group of players.

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United have the squad to cope with this stretch, but the challenge will be whether the right combination of players will be selected for the right games.

The five day stretch against Villa, Leicester, and Liverpool is particularly demanding, especially considering the quality of opposition.

There are seven United players in particular who are likely to benefit from the increased need for rotation…

Donny van de Beek

Premier League minutes played this season: 332

These games could be the chances Van de Beek needs to establish himself as a key player for United. Bruno Fernandes will get a rest in a minimum of one of these games, allowing the Dutchman a chance to step in.

Alex Telles

Premier League minutes played this season: 512

Telles has had to play second fiddle to a rejuvenated Luke Shaw since he joined. How many of the three league games he plays depends on his involvement against Roma tonight.

Amad Diallo

Premier League minutes played this season: 0

Amad is still waiting for his Premier League debut and his chance is surely about to come around. With the squad set to be tested to the limit, Amad can provide the spark his teammates need. He has been lively for the under-23s and deserves his chance to step up.

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Axel Tuanzebe

Premier League minutes played this season: 132

Axel Tuanzebe’s only league start this season was the league defeat to Sheffield United. He will be keen to atone for this if he gets the opportunity.

Brandon Williams

Premier League minutes played this season: 7

This has been a season to forget for Brandon Williams and a loan exit seems likely in the summer. He is the most likely candidate to fill in if Aaron Wan-Bissaka gets a much-needed rest.

Juan Mata

Premier League minutes played this season: 338

Mata has not started a league game in 2021. This could soon be about to change. He could have an important rotational role over the next fortnight and will fancy his chances of starting at least one game. It would be a sensible call to get him back involved.

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Eric Bailly

Premier League minutes played this season: 637

Only injury could stop Eric Bailly being involved in these three games over the next week. He could play in two of them, dependent on if he is involved against Roma tonight.

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