Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke at his press conference this week about the upcoming challenge in the Europa League semi-finals.
Solskjaer described Roma’s famous 4-1 comeback against Barcelona as a warning to underestimate the Italians.
But if he was thinking about playing a side at full strength, he may need to think again.
A newly revised Premier League fixture list sets a hectic schedule for United next week.
United play away against Aston Villa on Sunday, ahead of home games against Leicester on Tuesday and Liverpool on Thursday.
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The game at Leicester is crucial and United can secure second place with a win.
So there could be an extra rotation for Sunday’s game at Aston Villa.
This will still mean a pretty strong side for United tonight but Solskjaer will intend to mitigate that through the use of all five of his substitutes.
Who will face Roma?
Solskjaer will want to strike the right balance and key players Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes will likely all start.
Ideally, United would be 2-0 after 60 minutes and could afford to get all three off.
Edinson Cavani could rest and Mason Greenwood would lead the line and play his 100th game for the club.
In midfield, this is a chance to rest Scott McTominay and give Nemanja Matic a game.
Eric Bailly and Alex Telles will be on the defensive as in other Europa League games this season, including the away game against Real Sociedad. David de Gea will be seen in the gate.
What does this mean for the villa?
United would bring back Dean Henderson, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Edinson Cavani for the mansion game.
While Donny van de Beek and possibly even Amad – or Dan James if he is fit – could aid the rotation in attack.
If it only takes 45 minutes out of 60 for Pogba and Rashford, their chances of starting against Villa are increased. If possible, it would make sense for United to keep them for the Leicester draw.
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