Manchester United squad set to start against Real Sociedad – Football Weeks

A 4-0 lead in the first leg means Manchester United are able to rest the players for the second leg against Real Sociedad in the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday.

With a Premier League game against Chelsea this weekend, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to rotate his stars to the side to let them rest while giving some important minutes to some fringe players.

A win doesn’t have to be necessary, but the Reds will be keen to keep the momentum going after back-to-back wins. Let’s take a look at the starting lineup they should be able to balance the best of both worlds with.

1. Goalkeeper and defenders

Dean Henderson (GK) – The cup-of-choice goalie so far this season, Henderson will resume here.

Brandon Williams (RB) – The academy graduate could do a few minutes in the first team and without pressure in this game, it would be a good time to rest Aaron Wan-Bissaka too.

Eric Bailly (CB) – He started the first leg and his pace was key against Alexander Isak, so he should keep his spot for the second leg.

Axel Tuanzebe (CB) – With the continuing problems of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire at a yellow card for not missing the next game, Tuanzebe should get the nod.

Alex Telles (LB) – Luke Shaw’s understudy so far this season, Telles has performed well and deserves to start this game.

2. Midfielders

Nemanja Matic (CM) – Matic’s performance in the second half, especially against Newcastle, was impressive and he deserves a start again.

Fred (CM) – Injuries in the central midfielder mean Solskjaer’s options are limited, so Fred will do it again.

Juan Mata (morning) – After a short time away, Mata is back in the squad and is expected to start in his preferred role to rest Bruno Fernandes.

3. Forwards

Mason Greenwood (RW) – The youngster has a goal and will start here hoping to add to his tally for the season.

Anthony Martial (ST) – With Cavani injured, Martial must take this opportunity to give the manager a selection headache after a poor season so far.

Daniel James (LW) – The Welsh winger has scored in each of his last three appearances for the Reds and his pace caused problems in the first leg, so he will start again here.

Source: 90min

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