4-3-3: Man Utd predicted XI to face LASK

Manchester United face LASK Linz in the first leg of our Europa League Round of 16 at the Linzer Stadion in Austria on Thursday night.

Our 2-0 victory in the derby on Sunday keeps us well in the battle for a top four finish this season and with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday I fully expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rotate the majority of the squad from the weekend with this weekend’s Premier League fixture in mind.

So here is the team I can see being fielded for the first leg:

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero
The Argentine is our cup goalkeeper and there’s absolutely no reason why Sergio Romero won’t be starting this one.

Defence: Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams
It was a surprise not see Diogo Dalot start at Derby County in the FA Cup a week ago but the Portuguese full-back has to give Aaron Wan-Bissaka a rest in this one. The man of the match performance versus Manchester City warrants a break before facing Spurs at the very least. Eric Bailly is back to full match fitness so will start this one too and I can see the Ivorian being partnered by Axel Tuanzebe who returned to the bench on Sunday. Otherwise I would think Victor Lindelof is in more need of a rest than Harry Maguire. Brandon Williams started over the weekend but I think Luke Shaw is the priority for the trip to North London so the younger left-back should start this one.

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata
Scott McTominay was only used as a late substitute over the weekend so should start this one. Nemanja Matic usually gets rested for the midweek matches whilst Fred has started a lot of games recently. The energetic Andreas Pereira can do the dogs body worked in midfield on Thursday whilst Juan Mata can give Bruno Fernandes his first break since becoming a Manchester United player by playing at the point of the attacking trio.

Attack: Jesse Lingard, Odion Ighalo, Mason Greenwood
Odion Ighalo made a positive impression in the handful of minutes he was given at the weekend and will surely lead the line in this one following his brace in the FA Cup a week ago. The loanee striker can be supported by Jesse Lingard on the left as he doesn’t get too many games anymore. And I think we should see Mason Greenwood back in the fold down the right flank.

Here is how I see us lining up:

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