Europa League: How Man United could line up against Roma

Europa League: How Man United could line up against Roma

On Thursday, Manchester United welcome Roma to Old Trafford for the first leg of a Europa League tie that could determine their season's success.

They do so with few absences, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-choice trio of Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Scott McTominay have all returned from one-match suspensions received during the quarter-final second-leg win over Granada.

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Only Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are both ruled out due to injury. Martial injured his knee on international duty last month and is unlikely to return before the end of the season, although Jones is still out with a long-term knee injury.

Eric Bailly returned to training after recovering from COVID-19 and made the bench at the weekend, so he should be able to provide backup to Maguire and his usual central-defensive partner Victor Lindelof once more.

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Fred and McTominay are the most likely defensive-midfield pairing for Solskjaer's side, with Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani expected to return to the starting XI after being left out last time out in the Premier League.

Marcus Rashford could start in support of Cavani after recovering from a foot injury that held him out of training late last week.

Greenwood, on the other hand, will retain his place at the heart of the hosts' attacking trident, with Pogba taking on the more prominent attacking role that he seems to thrive in.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani

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