Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will go to Leicester City’s King Power Stadium tomorrow in the hope of bouncing back from a string of poor results.
Raphael Varane, the centre-back who suffered a groin injury in France’s Nations League final against Spain, will be out for a few weeks, joining captain Harry Maguire on the sidelines.
Maguire has returned to light training but has yet to train with the team, so while it’s not impossible for Solskjaer to surprise us, the chances of him playing are thought to be nearly nil.
Due to their absence, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof will almost certainly be at the core of the defence, with Phil Jones’ long-awaited return growing closer as he is expected to be their backup on the bench.
Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-bissaka and David De Gea should complete the defence.
Fred, who participated in Brazil’s 4-1 hammering of Uruguay in Manaus, is expected to be rested in midfield. Even though the midfielder has been removed from the red list, the turnaround and travel make it exceedingly unlikely that the Brazilian will start tomorrow’s match. Edinson Cavani, who also played in the tie, is in the same boat.
After recovering from shoulder surgery, Marcus Rashford is available for selection. He, like Maguire, is a player that Solskjaer will pick no matter what, therefore he might return to the starting lineup right away. I expect Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood to occupy the flanks, as it would make more sense for him to be handed 30 minutes off the bench.
Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are the most likely midfield pairing, with Bruno Fernandes ahead of them and Cristiano Ronaldo upfront.
Pogba won the inaugural Nations League trophy, and McTominay, Fernandes, and Ronaldo all scored for their respective countries during their international holidays. On Tuesday, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal against Luxembourg.
With all of this in mind, here is Man United’s Strongest lineup prediction against Leicester City: