Rashford, Mkhitaryan Start – Solid 4-3-3 Manchester United Line-Up To Face AFC Ajax
Manchester United will confront AFC Ajax in the finals of the UEFA Europa League 2016/17 on Wednesday at the Friends Arena, Stockholm.
Jose Mourinho’s men completed in the 6th place in the Premier League and the main path through to the following season’s Champions League for them is by winning the Europa League. Furthermore, the way that it is the main significant trophy missing from their bureau will go about as an additional motivation for United. They made it to the show-stopper occasion subsequent to beating Spanish outfit Celta Vigo in the semi-finals more than two legs and will be raring to complete the season with another trophy, having effectively won the FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup.
The greatest blow for United is that their best protector Eric Bailly is suspended for the amusement, after he was sent off in the second leg of the semi-finals against Celta. Chris Smalling is conveying a niggle which prompted him sitting out against Crystal Palace throughout the end of the week, however is relied upon to be fit for the amusement. Marouane Fellaini excessively passed up a major opportunity for the end of the week because of a lower leg harm, however is relied upon to return. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are discounted for the season.
A swarm of changes are normal from the group that ventured out to challenge Palace at the Old Trafford on Sunday. Here’s the way United will arrange for the blockbuster conflict:
Probable Manchester United Starting XI
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Sergio Romero (GK)
Jose has confirmed a couple of weeks back itself that it will be Romero that will play in the finals ahead of David De Gea. The Argentine has done well each time he has been called upon and a strong performance will be needed from him.
Antonio Valencia (RB)
The senior statesman in the team was given a rest on Sunday in view of the finals. Expect him to return to the setup in Stockholm and captain the team.
Phil Jones (CB)
The Englishman has started the last three games for United and has looked good. With Bailly suspended, he should start ahead of Smalling.
Daley Blind (CB)
The utility man has been rested since the 2-1 loss to Tottenham. He is set for a start at centre-back against his former club.
Matteo Darmian (LB)
Not a natural left-back, the Italian is the only fit option other than Blind who can take up that role. Having played both the semi-final legs, he is likely to get the nod for the finals.
Marouane Fellaini (CM)
Sat out of the weekend fixture due to an ankle injury, but is expected to be ready and will walk straight into the starting XI.
Ander Herrera (CM)
Another sure starter, Herrera has become a key member of the team under Mourinho. He will sit the deepest of the three midfielders.
Paul Pogba (CM)
The Frenchman was at his belligerent best on Sunday against Palace and was withdrawn after 45 minutes to save him for the finals. Will complete the midfield trio.
Jesse Lingard (RW)
Another player who was whisked off after 45 minutes over the weekend, that should be an indication that Mourinho is looking to play him from the start in the finals meaning Anthony Martial will miss out.
Marcus Rashford (ST)
Has taken up the goal-scoring burden since the injury to Ibrahimovic. Mourinho has rarely used him after the second leg of the semi-finals to safeguard him for Stockholm.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (LW)
The Armenian was another who played no part on Sunday. He has scored 5 goals in 10 games in Europe this season and Mourinho will be hoping he hits top gear on Wednesday.