Manchester United will clash heads with FC Barcelona at Old Trafford on Thursday night, hoping to pick up a win and secure a place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League. The teams will be heading into the match on the back of a 2-2 draw last Thursday.
Erik ten Hag will probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game as Jadon Sancho seems likely to make his way into the starting eleven.
4-3-3 Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs FC Barcelona
David de Gea is expected to start between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The Spanish shot-stopper would be looking to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Thursday.
Raphael Varane is expected to start at the heart of United’s backline with Lisandro Martinez slotting into the right-centre back position. Diogo Dalot is a guaranteed starter at the right-back position, whereas Luke Shaw will fill in on the other flank as the left-back.
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.
Marcel Sabitzer 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.
Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho will take up the wide positions, causing menace for Xavi’s men down the left and right wing respectively.
Wout Weghorst is expected to lead the line for Manchester United in midweek. The 30-year-old striker’s adept movement in front of the goal could cause a lot of trouble for the Barca defence that has conceded just three goals in their last five matches across all competitions.
Alejandro Garnacho could be brought off the bench as an impact substitute in the second forty-five minutes of the match.