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Manchester United will travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night, where one point is enough to see them exit Group H and advance to the round of 16.
Somehow he starts to feel very removed from Wolfsburg around 2015, which is a painful memory for United fans. The Red Devils needed a win in Germany that December night, but blew a 2-1 lead and were eliminated against all odds.
The loss to Paris Saint-Germain last week has made qualifying for the round of 16 seem like a much more difficult task for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team when it should have already finished.
This time there is no Louis van Gaal on the bench, nor is there a rogue Nick Powell to pitch to as a substitute. With that in mind, this is how Solskjaer could take on Die Roten Bullen.
David de Gea (GK) – United’s number one is expected to be back in top form for the clash and is likely to return to his position in the starting XI. He needs a good performance to keep Dean Henderson out of the picture.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – In the absence of a better option and the fact that it is practically impossible to pass a ball, Wan-Bissaka begins.
Victor Lindelof (CB) – The jury is still out on Lindelof and with the January transfer window approaching, his performances need to improve quickly. He begins and, like De Gea, struggles to keep his place.
Harry Maguire (CB) – The England international will be key to stabilizing the boat at the rear. He recovered his best moment in recent weeks, to the delight of the Red Devils.
Alex Telles (LB) – Telles has impressed with his attacking momentum down the left flank and is hitting a hot streak at the XI after another injury to Luke Shaw.
Scott McTominay (DM) The diamond base, the versatile McTominay has a lot of work ahead of him as a de facto defensive midfielder. Is it your best position? No. Will you give 100%? Absolutely.
Juan Mata (CM) – He may not have the rhythm he once had, but Mata is proof that he does not lose his technique. He oozes class with every touch of the ball and he’s still so important to United; he is called to the XI and will play on the right.
Paul Pogba (CM) – Whether his signature attack on West Ham is a showcase performance or Pogba returns to his best, United won’t care as long as he makes another change like that. The French international will thrive on the left in a diamond.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – Mr. Manchester United completes the diamond, because obviously. Name on the team sheet and it is understandable.
Mason Greenwood (ST) – The 19-year-old scored a very well scored goal at West Ham that was key to boosting his confidence once again. His pace and range of completion will be crucial against him for the Red Devils.
Marcus Rashford (ST) – Rashford came up with things from the bench over the weekend and showed how deadly he can be when he’s in shape. He got a hat-trick in the reverse match, so he obviously starts over here.