A 4-0 first leg lead means Manchester United are able to rest players for the return fixture against Real Sociedad in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.

With a Premier League game against Chelsea coming up this weekend, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look to rotate his stars out of the side to give them a rest while giving important minutes to some fringe players.

A win isn’t necessarily needed, but the Reds will be keen to keep their momentum going after back-to-back victories. Lets take a look at the starting lineup they should go with to be able to balance the best of both worlds.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Dean Henderson (GK) – The cup goalkeeper of choice so far this season, Henderson will start once again here.

Brandon Williams (RB) – The academy graduate could do with some first-team minutes and with no 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 place for the return game.

Axel Tuanzebe (CB) – With Victor Lindelof’s persistent back issues and Harry Maguire a yellow card away from missing the next game, Tuanzebe should get the nod.

Alex Telles (LB) – The understudy to Luke Shaw 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 in particular against Newcastle was impressive and he deserves a start again.

Fred (CM) – Injuries in central midfield means Solskjaer’s options are limited, so Fred will start once again.

Juan Mata (AM) – After a short while away, Mata has returned to the squad and is due a start in his preferred role to rest Bruno Fernandes.

3. Forwards

Mason Greenwood (RW) – The youngster is due a goal and will start here in the hope of adding to his tally for the season.

Anthony Martial (ST) – With Cavani out injured, Martial needs to 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’ll start here once again.


Source: 90min