Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to play Bruno Fernandes against Club Brugge in their Europa League clash. The Portugal international has become an instant Old Trafford hero since arriving from Sporting Lisbon during the January transfer window.
Manchester United lock horns with Club Brugge aiming to make the last-16 of the Europa league.
The first game in Belgium ended 1-1, with the Red Devils relying on Anthony Martial to dig them out of a hole and score a crucial away goal.
United don’t have the Europa League as their priority – but are still expected go to strong for the game at Old Trafford this evening.
And it’s likely that Sergio Romero will start between the sticks.
The Argentina international was at fault for Brugge’s goal in the first leg a week ago.
But United value the veteran and it’s possible that he’ll start in goal instead of David De Gea, with the club’s undisputed No 1 afforded a rest.
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At the back, Diogo Dalot could get some much-needed game time – allowing Wan-Bissaka to take a breather.
Harry Maguire should keep his place for one of United’s biggest games of the campaign.
But Eric Bailly could replace Victor Lindelof as the England international’s defensive partner.
Luke Shaw has been in fine fettle of late, enjoying a resurgence to leave United chiefs pleasantly surprised.
Fred could partner Scott McTominay now that the Scotland international is fully fit again, recently returning from injury against Watford.
And, ahead of him, Fernandes should get the nod.
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The 25-year-old has been nothing short of exceptional since signing from Sporting Lisbon during the January transfer window.
And with a place in the last eight at stake, it’s unlikely that Solskjaer will choose to leave out his star asset.
Predicting United’s attack is trickier.
Tahith Chong recently came off the bench against Watford and it’s possible he’ll be thrown into the mix.
But it seems far more logical for Solskjaer to stick with Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.
United are set to be without four first-team players for the match in Belgium.
Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford remain sidelined through injury.
And the game has come too soon for young defensive duo Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Meanwhile, speaking ahead of the game, United boss Solskjaer singled out Brugge star Krepin Diatta as a threat.
“I know Diatta is back in, he is the most exciting player. He tries things, he has got the X-factor, fantastic pace and balance. Similar to Sadio Mane,” said Solskjaer.
Solskjaer came close to working with Diatta in Norway.
But the forward left Molde, Solskjaer’s own club, before he took over there in 2017.
Full United XI: Romero, Dalot, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Greenwood, James, Martial
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