Manchester United will lock horns with Granada at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on Thursday night as the teams look set to resume their UEFA Europa League campaign.
The Red Devils will be coming into the match on the back of an impressive 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League, whereas Diego Martinez’s men recorded a disappointing 3-0 loss to Villarreal last week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably opt for the 4-2-3-1 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game. Donny van de Beek might get the nod over Bruno Fernandes, whereas Scott McTominay looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
4-2-3-1 Predicted Manchester United Line-up To Face Granada
Dean Henderson will start in goal for the upcoming away encounter. The English shot-stopper would be looking to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Thursday.
Victor Lindelof will continue to form the centre-half partnership with skipper Harry Maguire at the heart of United’s backline.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a guaranteed starter at the right-back position, whereas Luke Shaw will start on the other flank at the left-back. The English duo would be expected to stay compact and keep their shape defensively.
Paul Pogba is expected to start in the central midfield position, whereas Scott McTominay will slot in as the defensive midfielder.
Donny van de Beek might replace Bruno Fernandes in the advanced midfield role. The Dutch international would be determined to make the most of his opportunity against the Nazaries in midweek.
Donny van de Beek will be accompanied by Daniel James and Mason Greenwood on either side, playing on the left and right-wing, respectively.
Marcus Rashford, who lasted 72 minutes against the Seagulls, remains doubtful for the first leg.
“You just hope he can recover from it. He had to come off, but he’s a tough one.” – Solskjaer revealed in his post-match press conference.
Fred will have to settle for a place on the bench but might be called upon in the latter stages of the game if needed.
Anthony Martial limped off during France’s 2-0 win over Kazakhstan due to a knee issue and didn’t feature against Brighton as a result.
“Unfortunately, he’s sprained his knee with France, it’s always when they go away for internationals. Its fingers crossed and hope they’re going to come back fit — losing Anthony for what might be the rest of the season is very disappointing.” – The Norwegian coach stated ahead of the kickoff on Sunday.
Edinson Cavani is expected to lead the line for the visitors against Granada on Thursday. The Uruguayan’s adept movement in front of the goal could be utilized as an asset against Martinez’s side.