Manchester United face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday and Erik ten Hag is still dealing with a depleted squad amid an injury crisis at Old Trafford.
It has been a slow start to the Premier League season at Old Trafford with just two wins out of five games but this Champions League clash could provide the opportunity for Ten Hag’s side to kickstart their season.
It is, however, a lot easier said than done against Thomas Tuchel’s side, who have just come off the back of a tenth Bundesliga title in a row.
The German side also appears to have received an injury boost with Kingsley Coman set to feature in the game mid-week, and Joshua Kimmich could also be involved despite coming off early against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend.
Meanwhile, at Old Trafford, there is a starting line-up of players unavailable for selection, including wingers Antony and Jadon Sancho. Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire have not travelled, leaving Ten Hag with just three central defenders in his United squad.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also been struck by injury, meaning that Ten Hag is almost certainly going to keep the full-backs that started the latest clash against Brighton. Sergio Reguilon and Diogo Dalot were also perhaps some of the only positives from that game.
They will play alongside Victor Lindelof and Lisandro Martinez in the backline, in front of Andre Onana, with Jonny Evans the only recognised defender on the bench.
Ten Hag has a decision to make in what shape he lines up his team for the encounter after adjusting to a midfield diamond against Brighton. The decision looked to work in the opening minutes of the game, where United were on top before Roberto De Zerbi’s adjustments helped his side open up United.
If the manager decides to revert back to a 4-3-3, it would bring upon the decision of who to start at right-wing. If he persists with the diamond shape then there is a call for Hannibal Mejbri to start ahead of Scott McTominay, who was poor against Brighton.
Facundo Pellistri would be a fan-favourite to start if Ten Hag does change back to his usual formation. Either way, Marcus Rashford, and Rasmus Hojlund will be playing from the start, as will Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, and Christian Eriksen.
After Ten Hag revealed that the team had been working on the formation change before the Arsenal game, I believe that he will continue but with small adjustments. Hannibal made an immediate impact against Brighton, scoring his first United goal, and could be in with a chance to replace McTominay in the XI, whilst Hojlund and Rashford play as split-strikers.
Manchester United Predicted XI:
Onana; Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Reguilon; Casemiro, Eriksen, Hannibal, B.Fernandes; Rashford, Hojlund
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