Manchester United’s next Champions League tryst takes them to Turkey as they face off against Istanbul Basaksehir. So far, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side enjoys a perfect record in their tumultuous table, sitting comfortably at top.
However, the very fact the side they are facing could still continue to taste defeat for the rest of their games means that a traditional 10 point barrier may not necessarily be enough to secure progression.
As such, it is paramount for United to win and win big in this away game.
While their Old Trafford record this season is appalling to say the least, their historic away form could continue in this fixture.
For that to occur, the Norwegian gaffer must be careful in his lineup selection. This seems the perfect game to give Dean Henderson some Champions League minutes ahead of David De Gea.
It seems likely that the United boss will go for a largely unchanged backline as there is yet to be word on the fitness of Alex Telles.
Harry Maguire could be rested in this regard but the threat of an unexpected challenge from the underdogs may tempt an orthodox lineup.
The failure for Fred’s deep role to succeed in the Premier League on Sunday against Arsenal may prompt Nemanja Matic to be deployed instead. Paul Pogba’s mistakes in the same game might mean that Donny van de Beek gets the nod ahead of him.
Likewise, Anthony Martial will look to continue his impact as a striker with good hold-up play, although Solskjær could use this chance to give the experienced feet of Edinson Cavani an outing too.
Defenders: Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: Matic, Fernandes, De Beek
Forwards: Greenwood, Cavani, Rashford