Against Huddersfield Town, who occupy the 17th position in the table and have 24 points, tottering on the brink of the relegation zone, Jose Mourinho and company will be eager to secure all three points.
Regardless, with Manchester City soaring 15 points secure, it will take more than just this victory to make a significant stride towards the Premier League crown. Here are how the two sides are most likely to line up at Old Trafford:
The Red Devils have a fresh injury concern on their list, which was confirmed by Jose Mourinho in his pre-match conference.
Speaking about Marouane Fellaini, who sustained an injury against Tottenham, Mourinho stated: “They [the medical team] are still working on it.
“It’s an injury and I feel sorry for him personally and I feel sorry for the team because he’s an important player for us. It was internal, now it’s external, so let’s wait probably a couple more days, but of course, he is out of the game tomorrow.”
But positive news awaits with regard to the return of longtime absentees Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the Portuguese tactician reckoned that the duo might return in time for Champions League football.
Apart from that, Mourinho must dabble with a front line that will function best and make the most out of the talents currently dotting his roster.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Young, Phil Jones, Smalling, Valencia
Midfielders: Matic, Pogba
Attackers: Sanchez, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku
David Wagner’s side is desperately in need of some confidence after going seven league games bereft of a victory, and the Old Trafford encounter doesn’t seem to bode well either.
For the time being, the injury issues of Scott Malone and Danny Williams will be addressed ahead of the game. Further, having conceded 12 goals in their last four games, a good amount of concern awaits the side.
But Wagner seemed far from frustrated in his pre-match conference, wherein he stated: “We’ve found ideas in the past that you can use to get something out of the games against the top six.
“The question is how uncomfortable can we make it for them? It’s so important that you stay in the game, make it uncomfortable and use the first opportunity you have.”
Goalkeeper: J. Lossl
Defenders: F. Hadergjonaj, M. Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Chris Lowe
Midfielders: Aaron Mooy, J. Hogg, P. Billing
Strikers: S. Mounie, L. Depoitre