Five Man Utd changes needed with Pogba dropped – Solskjaer’s supreme XI vs Villarreal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Post West Ham United

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Manchester United will look to get off to a winning start in the Champions League after their heartbreak last time out in Europe when they take on Villarreal, who they lost to in the Europa League final last season.

The Red Devils in their first Champions League match lost to Young Boys in Switzerland after a Jesse Lingard mistake and Aaron Wan-Bisakka red card meant United shot themselves in the foot.

And with concerns about squad depth, Solskjaer will have to be careful about who he chooses.

Express Sport takes a look at United’s potential XI.

Goalkeeper: De Gea

Despite second keeper Dean Henderson featuring in the 1-0 loss against West Ham, there is no reason De Gea should be dropped.

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There was nothing he could do about Kortney Hause’s bullet header on Saturday as United’s defence suffered a lapse in concentration.

And the experience he holds is vital for a game as important as Wednesday’s game.

Defence: Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles

Injuries afforded to Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw at the weekend mean that back-up is required for the visit of Unai Emery’s men.

Luke Shaw will undergo a fitness test after training on Tuesday, but it is likely that Telles will start instead.

And Maguire’s injury will take a few weeks to heal, meaning Lindelof will come back to the fore alongside Dalot, who plays in place of the suspended Wan-Bissaka.

Midfield: Fred, Fernandes, Van de Beek

Fernandes’ penalty miss will live long in his memory, but his talents will still mean he has enough to start.

One man who may not start is Paul Pogba; his expertise wasn’t utilised correctly against Villa and there may be a switch-up as a result.

It could mean a start for forgotten man Van de Beek alongside Fred.


Attack: Sancho, Greenwood, Ronaldo

Ronaldo’s arrival has been lauded, but without proper service he will continue to struggle to score.

Greenwood isn’t a winger capable of providing service, although give him a chance and he too will tuck it away.

That leaves Sancho to provide the goods and finally show the world he can cut it at Old Trafford.

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