By Mark Weasley
Manchester United can qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with victory over the Swiss side, Young Boys. The Red Devils will be looking for their second consecutive victory in the competition following a dramatic victory against Juventus last time out in Turin.
The match at Old Trafford on Tuesday night comes just days after the frustrating goalless draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. A match that saw United fall 14 points behind Manchester City at the top of the table.
We take a look at United’s predicted line-up for the game.
David De Gea would have been relieved to keep his 2nd clean sheet in the Premier League last weekend, though the Spaniard will not be happy with the amount of chances the Eagles were allowed. He is shoe-in to start this game.
England left back, Luke Shaw missed the Palace game due to suspension but is expected to return for the midweek game. The 23-year-old has been one of the shining lights for United this season. At right back, Ashley Young should get to play once again following Jose Mourinho’s decision to freeze out Antonio Valencia from the team.
In the heart of defence, Eric Bailly should come in for Victor Lindelof who suffered a groin complaint in the dying minutes of the Palace game. Partnering him should be Chris Smalling, who has been an ever-present and said to be line for a new contract.
At the base of midfield, Serbian powerhouse, Nemanja Matic should get to start and try to get back to his imperious best with a dominant display. In central midfield, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are both expected to feature from the first whistle as Jose Mourinho knows that anything short of a victory could spell disaster.
Pogba was particularly impressive in the game against Juventus last time out while Herrera is back in the team like a new signing, meanwhile Fred continues to find it hard to adapt to English football.
Anthony Martial is in the form of his life at the moment and should start the game from the left hand side of the attack while on the right, Marcus Rashford should get the nod. The English youngster showed grit and commitment against Crystal Palace and could be rewarded with another start. Romelu Lukaku will be looking to end an 8-month scoring drought at Old Trafford while leading the attack.