Man United return to Premier League action against Aston Villa, with a much-changed line up expected from the midweek defeat to Astana.
After Manchester United named such a youthful line-up against Astana on Thursday, there were always going to be wholesale changes for the visit of Aston Villa this weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed out six debuts, as well as starts for Lee Grant, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, who have all had to bide their time for senior appearances.
But when the United squad return from Kazakhstan, it is likely that none of them will feature from the start against Villa, with Solskjaer conceivably making 11 changes from the side that were beaten in Astana.
David De Gea will return in goal, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof rested in front of him.
Solskjaer tried to combat Sheffield United’s unorthodox tactics with a 3-5-2 formation last week, but that was quickly abandoned at Bramall Lane and it is unlikely he will try it again.
That means Phil Jones will drop out, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams likely playing more conventional full-back roles.
In midfield, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Scott McTominay could return to face Villa, with the fixture coming too soon for Paul Pogba. With two big fixtures coming up – against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham and Pep Guardiola’s Man City – it might make more sense to ease McTominay back off the bench.
Fred and Andreas Pereira will be the candidates to start in midfield in McTominay’s absence, as they did at Sheffield United.
Despite Jesse Lingard’s first goal in 11 months this week, his long trip to Kazakhstan is a reason to deploy fresh legs in the number ten role. Juan Mata tends to perform better behind the striker, and can be given a free role before Lingard can attack tiring legs.
The front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James picks itself when the trio are fit.
On the bench, Mason Greenwood is likely to feature, along with Ashley Young and possibly Luke Shaw after the left-back made his return from injury this week. Of the youngsters used in Astana, Ethan Laird, James Garner and Dylan Levitt all impressed and could be rewarded with a place among the substitutes.
Predicted Man Utd starting XI vs Aston Villa: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Williams; Fred, Pereira, Mata; Rashford, Martial, James