Manchester United will travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday after sacking Jose Mourinho this week and appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjær as their interim manager. The Norwegian boss will kick off his managerial career at United by returning to his former club this weekend.
Solskjaer might opt for a 4-3-3 formation and could name a strong team for this encounter in order to assess his squad over the next few weeks and make changes accordingly during the January transfer period.
4-3-3 Manchester United Predicted Lineup To Face Cardiff City
David De Gea will feature in goal for United for this away trip to Cardiff City, but he might be tested at the back with Callum Paterson in a rich vein of form for the Bluebirds of late. The Spaniard shipped in three goals against Liverpool last weekend, but with Jose Mourinho gone now, things might improve for him in defence. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is likely to tighten up the United backline which has let in some cheap goals during this campaign so far.
The defensive duo of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones might be deployed in central defence with Chris Smalling a major doubt for this match. Diogo Dalot will get another opportunity to impress at right-back while Ashley Young should resume his left-back duties for the Red Devils.
Both Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are unlikely to recover in time to feature in this encounter against Cardiff City this weekend.
The United midfield might consist of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard who would all look to put on an improved performance under their new interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The Mancunian outfit has lacked creativity in midfield which the Norwegian manager needs to address in the coming days so that they can come away with a positive result from Wales.
Marouane Fellaini could be demoted to the bench once again following another disappointing display against the Reds last weekend.
The Man United front three will be comprised of Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. Both Martial and Rashford will look to use their pace and trickery down the wide areas while Lukaku needs to get some confidence back by being productive in the final third.
Alexis Sanchez can be ruled out of this match with a hamstring injury but Juan Mata should be available on Solskjær’s bench and might come on during the contest if required.