With qualification into next seasons Champions League tournament wrapped up, and a commanding 5-0 lead against Wednesday’s Europa League opponent LASK, Manchester United can probably get away with starting their U18 side and still advance to the next round….. as long as they don’t give up 6 goals tomorrow!
With that being said, never underestimate your opponent!
United have had a 10-day break since their last match against Leicester City, so expected a fully rested Cup squad for tomorrow’s match.
Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, Fred, and Scott McTominay are all pushing for recalls, having largely been overlooked for selection since June’s restart.
Mason Greenwood has scored more Europa League goals than any other United player this season, netting five of his eight shots on target, but he is another who is likely to be rested.
Instead, Odion Ighalo – who scored the opening goal in the first leg – should get the nod through the middle, with fellow fringe players James and Lingard either side.
As for LASK, they know that a vast improvement is needed from March and is expected to make some changes for his first competitive game in charge.
The Black-Whites went down 3-0 to Red Bull Salzburg in their last Bundesliga game and it may be a case of sticking with a similar XI for this trip to Old Trafford.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Romero; Dalot, Bailly, Lindelof, Williams; McTominay, Fred; James, Mata, Lingard; Ighalo
LASK Linz possible starting lineup:
Schlager; Wiesinger, Trauner, Andrade; Ranftl, Holland, Michorl, Renner; Tetteh, Frieser; Klauss