Manchester United will clash heads with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, hoping to pick up a positive result on match day 1 of the UEFA Europa League campaign. The visitors will be coming into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid, whereas the Red Devils recorded a thrilling 3-1 win against Arsenal.
Erik Ten Hag will probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game as Casemiro looks likely to replace Scott McTominay in midweek.
4-3-3 Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Real Sociedad
Martin Dubravka is expected to start between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The Slovak shot-stopper would look to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Thursday.
Skipper Harry Maguire is expected to start at the heart of United’s backline, with Victor Lindelof slotting into the right-centre back position. Diogo Dalot should start at the right-back position, whereas Luke Shaw will fill in on the other flank as the left-back.
New signing Casemiro is expected to start in the defensive midfield position, whereas Fred will slot in as the central midfielder.
Bruno Fernandes remains a sure-fire starter for Manchester 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 pick up a win on Thursday.
Scott McTominay will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he could be brought on in the second half of the contest if needed.
Jadon Sancho and Antony will take up the wide positions, causing menace for Imanol Alguacil’s men down the right and left-wing, respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead the line for Manchester United in midweek. The Portugal international’s adept movement in front of the goal could cause a lot of trouble for the Sociedad defence.
Marcus Rashford could be brought off the bench as an impact substitute in the second forty-five minutes of the match.