Manchester United will be looking to getting back to winning ways this week as the club travel to Rotterdam on Thursday evening to face Feyenoord in the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho is widely expected to make a host of changes to his starting eleven with Spaniard Ander Herrera widely expected to replace club skipper Wayne Rooney in the advanced number ten role.
The Portuguese is likely to stick with his much preferred 4-2-3-1 formation against the Eredivisie leaders with four at the back, two central midfielders, two out wide on the flanks, one sitting in the number ten role with a lone forward up top.
In between the sticks Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be handed a first start of the new campaign giving David de Gea a much-needed rest. At right-back out-of-favour Matteo Darmian will be selected by Mourinho. The Italian hasn’t featured yet under his new boss so far this season and will no doubt be looking to take his opportunity with both hands.
In the heart of Manchester United’s defence Chris Smalling will replace Eric Bailly and will likely be partnered by Phil Jones. The duo were familiar faces in the side throughout Louis van Gaal’s reign at Old Trafford but haven’t featured thus far and with Eric Bailly and Daley Blind looking solid at the back it is essential that duo perform well against the Dutch on Thursday if they are to force there way into Mourinho’s thinking for the season ahead. Whilst at left-back Marcus Rojo will come in for Luke Shaw who will miss the game through injury.
With Mourinho expected to give Paul Pogba and Maraoune Fellani a rest, French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will act as the more box-to-box midfielder against Feyenoord with Michael Carrick expected to play alongside Schneiderlin in a deeper defensive role.
Out on the flanks Anthony Martial will be recalled into the starting eleven after missing out against Manchester City last time out whilst Dutchman Memphis Depay could make his first competitive start of the season for the club. Memphis was arguably the clubs standout performer in Europe last season and without question will be looking to impress his new boss should he be handed a start on Thursday evening.
At number ten Ander Herrera is expected to be selected over the likes of Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Herrera offers United more pace going forward and with Mourinho looking to get at Feyenoord right from the off it will be essential that the Portuguese has plenty of pace in his attacking line-up which is why Herrera will be given the nod.
Leading the Manchester United attack will be Marcus Rashford. His impressive cameos off the bench against Hull City and Manchester City have made it almost impossible for Mourinho to leave the youngster out and he will no doubt be looking to repay his new boss by doing what he does best… scoring goals.