With the pressure growing on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Norwegian knows that anything less than a win against Atalanta in the Champions League tomorrow at Old Trafford will increase the negative vibes to nearly intolerable levels.
After Saturday's loss to Leicester City, Solskjaer stated that "something needs to change," and we expect it to be reflected in a new starting lineup tomorrow.
And he has plenty of options with an almost fully fit team to select from, with just Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial out injured. The defense was the biggest problem on Saturday, but it's hard to imagine the manager will make any changes. Captain Harry Maguire was the main weakness in the four goals conceded, but it would be a major surprise if Solskjaer punished him, especially because he was hurried back from injury.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is back in action after UEFA approved United's request to reduce his punishment from two to one game.
the Norwegian tactician turns to his faithful lieutenants, players who put in long hours and whose commitment he doesn't doubt.
This will very certainly imply that Scott McTominay and Fred, who were both absent on Saturday due to international action, will be reinstated.
Ole's go-to band of brothers, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, will also start. Mason Greenwood's excellent form on the right wing will almost certainly earn him another start, implying that Paul Pogba will be benched for this vital match.
It's a toss-up between Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani up front. Ronaldo has only scored one goal in his past four appearances for United after a blazing start, and his well-documented lack of pressing at a time when Solskjaer needs effort may see him relegated to the bench alongside Pogba.
If this happens, the impact on the dressing room of dropping the elite duo remains to be seen. These decisions will also rule out Jadon Sancho, who is struggling to find a rhythm in a United shirt and is in and out of the team, making the process much more difficult. Sancho is unlikely to be handed minutes off the bench until United find themselves in a comfortable position in the game, and we expect the likes of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, if fit, to make their way onto the pitch ahead of him.
Checkout the Predicted XI below;
Photo Credit: Google Images
Content created and supplied by: Charlesayor (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More