Manchester United are scheduled to face Partizan Belgrade on the road in Thursday’s Europa League meeting. The Red Devils have struggled for consistency since the backend of September and they have registered just one victory in the League Cup over the past six matches.
Still, the players will have received a boost after the hard fought 1-1 league draw against Liverpool over the weekend and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be aiming for a victory to end the club’s 11-match winless streak away from home.
David de Gea has been rested for the encounter with a view to the Norwich City game at the weekend. In his place, Sergio Romero is expected to start between the sticks. The Argentine will be making only his third appearance of the campaign.
In the defence, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is likely to continue at right-back with Diogo Dalot on the sidelines with a fresh injury concern. On the opposite end, Brandon Williams could be handed with his second start of the season after an impressive display against AZ Alkmaar last time around.
At the heart of the backline, Solskjaer has the chance to rest the regulars in Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire and offer opportunities to the fringe players. However, that may not be the case, and we are anticipating the pair to form the central defensive partnership.
In the centre of the park, Solskjaer has limited options at his disposal with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic nursing injuries. Scott McTominay and Fred will certainly make up the central midfield ahead of club graduate James Garner.
Daniel James has firmly established himself as one of Solskjaer’s regulars and the Welshman should feature from the off following a solid performance against Liverpool, where he provided the assist for Marcus Rashford’s opener.
Elsewhere, there could be starts for Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood in the number 10 and right-wing roles respectively. Angel Gomes remains an option for Solskjaer in the attacking midfield role, but the youngster is not part of the travelling squad.
Marcus Rashford did not have the brightest of games against Liverpool last weekend but he still made a key impact with his first-half goal. The 21-year-old should continue to lead the line ahead of Anthony Martial, whose playing time could be limited after having just returned from a thigh concern.