MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United vs. Istanbul Basaksehir (UCL)

Build Up

With two back-to-back wins in their Premier League outings, United now look for payback against Istanbul Basaksehir when they host the side at Old Trafford on Tuesday as Champions League action returns. The last time the two sides met, Basaksehir notched up a 2-1 win, and what followed was some severe backlash against the team and manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United need this win to stay top of Group H of the Champions League, with RB Leipzig & PSG close behind while Basaksehir will enter this match off the back of a 3-2 defeat to Besiktas in the league on Saturday, which has left them down in sixth position in their domestic table, having collected 13 points from nine matches.

Manchester United Team News

United will again be without the services of defensive duo Phil Jones and Luke Shaw for Tuesday’s contest, while Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly remain doubts for the home side. United could welcome back both Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood, though, and it would not be a surprise to see the latter handed a starting role as Solskjaer prepares to shuffle his pack.

Victor Lindelof has also been struggling with a back problem in recent weeks and played the full 90 minutes against West Brom, suggesting that Axel Tuanzebe could come into the XI for this match. Edinson Cavani could again find himself on the bench with Anthony Martial likely to feature through the middle, while David de Gea should keep out Dean Henderson in goal, even though the England international was given the nod in the reverse game in Turkey.

Opposition Watch

As for Basaksehir, Junior Caicara and Enzo Crivelli remain on the sidelines through injury, but the visitors are otherwise in good shape heading into the European contest. There will be an Old Trafford return for Brazilian right-back Rafael, while former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel should again line up for the Turkish champions against Solskjaer’s side.

Ba, who opened the scoring in the reverse game in Istanbul, could again be the lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation, with Edin Visca and Deniz Turuc providing support from the wide positions.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Telles; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial

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