Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a number of injury concerns ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League tie with Real Sociedad tomorrow evening and has already admitted that there are others who may need to be rested.
With the Premier League his priority and a second leg next week at Old Trafford, will he gamble with some fringe players and youngsters, such as Juan Mata (who he mentioned at the presser), Axel Tuanzebe, Dan James, Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire? Or will he take a more conservative approach, replacing only those who aren’t fit to play?
It is possible that a change in formation could allow him to do a little of both. Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be rotated with Alex Telles and Brandon Williams, but the incoming stars’ strengths lie mostly in attack, so shifting to a back three would give them more licence to get forward and do what they do best.
The only other question mark would then be who would make up the back three. Victor Lindelof’s ongoing back problems could see him also rested, allowing Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe to come in alongside Harry Maguire.
With all that in mind, here is our predicted XI for the game:
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