Jose Mourinho’s side will be traveling once again, and this time around, Bournemouth will be the opponents to the Red Devils.
Premier League swagger seemed temporarily back with Manchester United‘s victory over Everton last week, but the top four is still quite a few points away, and that will be the big target for the Mancunian giants.
Here’s how the two sides are apt to lineup during the weekend fixture:
Mourinho confirmed in his pre-match press-conference that Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot, and Marouane Fellaini will be absent from the traveling squad. The fitness of Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard was given some hope by the Portuguese gaffer, and either of them may play a role on Saturday.
Further, Mourinho was non-committal on whether Romelu Lukaku would start, going as far as to joke about the situation. It seems likely that Marcus Rashford may be given the start again after last week’s impressive showing.
Not one for big changes, it seems apt that the team may retain the personnel it deployed last week, with Jesse Lingard being the probable swap for Juan Mata, if at all.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: Fred, Matic
Forwards: Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Rashford
Sitting precariously in the 6th spot, the Cherries will take what they can from the vital home game. A victory, coupled with results going their way elsewhere, would ensure that they may just end the week in the top four.
However, Eddie Howe will remain realistic for the game, and will have to worry about the fitness of Joshua King and Simon Francis. Callum Wilson will be the man to watch, while the presence of Brooks may also play a catalyzing role.
Defenders: Ake, S Cook, Daniels
Midfielders: Smith, L Cook, Lerma, Fraser
Forwards: Brooks, Wilson, Fraser