Manchester United are lining up for a huge fixture at Anfield as Erik ten Hag takes on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Erik ten Hag‘s team recently crashed out of European competition after falling to a 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening, with many fearing the worst coming into this tie.
André Onana, who has kept the most clean sheets of any goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, will keep his place – this is not a surprise.
Ahead of him, Ten Hag will likely be forced into one change after both Harry Maguire was forced off with injuries on Tuesday, with Victor Lindelöf expected to take his place. Although Shaw was also injured, he has returned to training and is fit to play.
There is a chance that Shaw may also play at centre-back, as Lindelöf’s fitness is still a slight doubt, despite the player being in training for the last week.
Having not started in over a month, Raphaël Varane found himself playing from the beginning against Bayern and played well, and will now almost certainly retain his place for the trip to Anfield. Diogo Dalot is likely to start at right-back.
In midfield, Bruno Fernandes is suspended after picking up five yellow cards in the first half of the competition – this poses a creative problem for Erik ten Hag, as Fernandes is often an ever-present in the side.
Due to the sheer number of injuries in midfield, Ten Hag may have no choice but to play Kobbie Mainoo in such an important game, and despite the player’s obvious talent, this is still a big risk.
With both Sofyan Amrabat and Scott McTominay pretty much nailed on to start as well, McTominay may find himself playing a more attacking-midfield role behind Rasmus Højlund while Amrabat and Mainoo are tasked with playing deep and trying to progress the ball from defence to attack.
As mentioned above, Højlund will probably start as a striker with no news on the fitness of Anthony Martial, with Alejandro Garnacho and Antony playing on the left and right wings, respectively.
Full predicted Man United XI
Onana, Dalot, Lindelöf, Varane, Shaw, Amrabat, Mainoo McTominay, Antony, Højlund, Garnacho.
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