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: