Inconsistent Manchester United take on Istanbul Basaksehir in UEFA Champions League matchday 3 on Wednesday evening.
After being defeated at home against Arsenal, Manchester United resume their UEFA Champions League campaign as they face Istanbul Basaksehir in the third matchday of the group stage at Basaksehir Fateh Terim Stadium on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men have failed to remain consistent in the Premier League. They have just won two out of six games and find themselves in the 15th position. However, the European distraction has worked in their favour as they are topping the “Group of Death”.
After registering back to back victories against finalists of 2019/20, Paris St Germain, and semifinalists, RB Leipzig, the team is looking to fortify their position in Group H with a victory over Istanbul Basaksehir.
One of the main reasons behind the defeat against the Gunners was the lack of match sharpness. Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood struggled upfront without proper supplies whereas the midfield looked out of shape.
Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay failed to leave any mark on the pitch with a notable performance. With the team having the cushion of two successive wins, Solskajer might look to rotate the squad a bit on Wednesday.
After a successful loan spell at Sheffield United, Dean Henderson is the new back-up goalkeeper for Red Devils. The Englishman might get a nod ahead of the Spanish David De Gea after his impressive performances in the cup games. Also, in the backline, Axel Tuanzebe is expected to start ahead of Victor Lindelof and next to Harry Maguire. Alex Telles is the only player absent from the squad as he is suffering from COVID-19. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw will start as the full-backs.
In the midfield, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek are expected to be the starters ahead of Fred and Scott McTominay, who have played three games in a row. Juan Mata will keep his place in the squad after winning his manager’s confidence. Anthony Martial has been lethal upfront for the English outfit in Europe and is anticipated to partner Edinson Cavani ahead of Marcus Rashford who looks knackered at the moment.
Istanbul Basaksehir have lost both their games in the Champions League 2020/21. Even if Ole Gunnar Solskajer rotates his squad against the Turkish outfit, the depth and quality on the bench would be sufficient to defeat Istanbul Basaksehir.
However, Istanbul are playing at their home and will look to take the advantage of the home conditions on Wednesday. The Red Devils must be aware of the fact that the “small teams “are the trickier ones to face on the European Stage. Nonetheless, a comfortable victory is on the cards for Manchester United.