Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to heavily rotate his Manchester United side for the clash against Leicester City.
Following a convincing 3-1 victory against Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side yesterday, Manchester United faces a heavily congested week and jumps straight back into Premier League action tomorrow against a fourth-place Leicester City, who are fighting for a Champions League spot.
The fixture will be the second game in a series of five days for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, with the fifth and final game being played against bitter rivals Liverpool on Thursday, following the postponement of the fixture last week.
Dean Henderson is likely to remain first-choice in the Premier League for the remainder of the season, although Solskjaer may be tempted to give David de Gea some opportunities to keep him up to speed ahead of the Europa League final.
At the back though, significant changes could be on the cards with Harry Maguire set to miss a Premier League fixture for the first time with United after hobbling off the field during the weekend’s victory over Villa. Victor Lindelof could therefore be joined by Eric Bailly at the heart of the defense, with Axel Tuanzebe and Alex Telles coming in to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw in the full-back spots.
Moving into midfield – two out of favour players will surely secure a place in the starting 11, with Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic looking destined for an unfamiliar appearance. The other midfield slot isn’t necessarily a certainty, but Scott McTominay will probably be preferred to Fred after the Brazilian has played consecutively 90-minute matches, whereas the Scotsman has not.
Veteran Juan Mata will also probably be drafted in for yet another unconventional start, most likely to be joined by the in-form Edinson Cavani, who scored once again yesterday off the bench to propel him to 14 goals in all competitions this year. Marcus Rashford will most likely complete the line-up, featuring on his favoured left-hand side.