Manchester United will lock horns with Villarreal at Gdansk Stadium on Wednesday evening, hoping to win their first silverware of the season. The Red Devils will be coming into the match on the back of a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, whereas Unai Emery’s men recorded a 2-1 loss against Real Madrid.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably opt for the 4-2-3-1 formation with several tweaks from the last game. Scott McTominay might get the nod over Nemanja Matic, whereas Marcus Rashford looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
4-2-3-1 Predicted Manchester United Line-up To Face Villarreal
David de Gea is expected to start in goal for the upcoming clash. The Spanish shot-stopper would be looking to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Wednesday.
There’s no concrete news on Harry Maguire yet, but Solskjaer doesn’t expect him to be fit by midweek.
“He has to train on Tuesday when we’re over there [if he’s to play], it’s not many days, and I don’t expect him to be ready.” – The Norwegian tactician revealed.
As a result, Eric Bailly will form the centre-half partnership with Victor Lindelof at the heart of United’s backline.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a guaranteed starter at the right-back position, whereas Luke Shaw will fill in on the other flank as the left-back. The 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.
Bruno Fernandes remains a sure-fire starter for United this week, and it’ll be an understatement to say The Red Devils will be highly dependent on the Portugal international’s creative work if they wish to lift the trophy on Wednesday.
Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford will take up the wide positions, playing on the right and left-wing respectively.
Edinson Cavani is expected to lead the line against Villarreal. The Uruguayan international’s adept movement in front of the goal could be utilised as an asset against Emery’s side. Moreover, he has been in fine form over the past few games, and he would be definitely looking to add to his goal-scoring tally in midweek.