Manchester United are predicted to make four changes to the XI that lost to Crystal Palace for their upcoming Champions League tie.
After Manchester United won two fixtures in a row for the first time this season, many thought Erik ten Hag‘s Reds would start to build momentum – but Saturday’s Premier League loss against Crystal Palace has set the team back to square one.
The lacklustre performance has put multiple players’ places in the XI in jeopardy, with Ten Hag expected to make changes to the team that lost last weekend.
With Andrè Onana making a costly mistake in the last Champions League game, Ten Hag may give a debut to Altay Bayındır – and the Dutchman hinted as much in his recent press conference.
In front of Onana, Diogo Dalot and Victor Lindelöf are likely to keep their positions, however, considering the fragility of Raphaël Varane in recent seasons combined with the fact that he has only just returned from injury, his spot may be passed on.
With Lisandro Martínez out for at least two months, Harry Maguire may make his return to the side after keeping a clean sheet against Palace in last week’s Carabao Cup tie, and as Sergio Reguilón is expected to be out for another week, Sofyan Amarabat may play his third fixture in at left-back.
In midfield, where Amrabat would usually play, Christian Eriksen may be given a chance to start considering that United are likely to dominate possession. The chances are that he will be partnered with Casemiro in the middle, with Bruno Fernandes playing his usual attacking midfield role in front of the pair.
Although this would mean there will be no space for Mason Mount in a midfield role, he could well instead be shifted to the right wing, as although Antony has returned to training, it is unlikely that the Brazilian will start.
The two other changes beyond Maguire for Varane come in attack, with Marcus Rashford and Facundo Pellistri being dropped and Alejandro Garnacho coming in.
Mount would take up Pellistri’s space from the last fixture, and Garnacho, who impressed after coming off the bench to replace Rashford on the left-hand side on the weekend, would take this spot from the start.
In attack, it is a toss-up between Rasmus Højlund or Anthony Martial will start, but Højlund may suit the qualities of Mount and Garnacho on either side better than Martial, meaning the Dane may be in line to keep his place.
Full Manchester United predicted XI
Onana; Dalot, Maguire, Lindelöf, Amrabat; Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes; Garnacho, Højlund, Mount.
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