Man Utd predicted the line-up against Villarreal


Manchester United face Villarreal in their first match without Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was fired the morning after Saturday’s embarrassing Premier League loss to Watford.

Progression to the later stages of the Champions League is at stake here, with caretaker Michael Carrick tasked with motivating a response from the players.

Here is a look at the starting eleven he could choose …

Harry Maguire needs a big achievement here / Alex Pantling / GettyImages

David de Gea (GK): Saved Ismaila Sarr’s penalty twice on Saturday but was helpless to do more when the team in front of him collapsed.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB): A lack of genuine competition over the past 18 months has probably contributed to a decline in form.

Victor Lindelof (CB): When he is in shape, the Swede has been the preferred stand-in for Raphael Varane, who is still missing with an injury.

Harry Maguire (CB): Available here despite his red card in the Premier League this Saturday. The pressure increases on the skipper so he has to deliver a great performance.

Alex Telles (LB): When Luke Shaw suffered a second head injury in as many weeks, the smart move is not to rush him back.

Donny van de Beek has got a chance to start / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Donny van de Beek (CM): Made a big impact from the bench last Saturday and was a single light spark in an otherwise deplorable team performance.

Fred (CM): Will probably return to the side after missing after his return from South America during the international break.

Bruno Fernandes (AM): Wanted to make the fans aware that the blame for the latest results lies with the players, but now he has to step up and perform.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal has directly given Man Utd all his seven points so far / Chloe Knott – Danehouse / GettyImages

Jadon Sancho (RW): Began to get an understanding with Ronaldo in the second half against Watford and put some teasing posts in the penalty area.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST): His return has divided opinions. But the truth is that his goal has drawn United to the limit of qualifying for the last sixteen – where else would they be?

Jesse Lingard (LW): Desperately waiting for his chance and was finally able to get it. Marcus Rashford was apparently only fit enough for half a game against Watford.

Read the 90mins preview of Villarreal vs Man Utd here.

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