It is almost time. Manchester United’s Europa League final against Villarreal starts tonight.
After three weeks of waiting since the end of the semi-finals, there is a game between United and the lifting of cutlery.
It’s a meaningful opportunity for the journey of this Manchester United squad who ran short under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but haven’t quite reached the final yet. After reaching one, the team is determined to win it.
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Before the kick-off, Solskjaer has to make a number of important selection decisions.
The United boss knows he can’t please everyone and has the experience of being left on the bench for a European final to draw from. The way he scored a winner in 1999 is inspiring to anyone who ends up hilarious.
Who starts for Manchester United?
Solskjaer faces a number of big decisions. And in that respect we don’t envy him.
Let’s start at the goal. We expect this riddle of a dilemma to result in David de Gea starting.
De Gea played in goal for the quarter-finals and the semi-finals and was particularly good in the second leg in Rome. He was also rested the weekend before this game.
It also looks like Harry Maguire won’t be fit after Tuesday’s practice session. This presents a center-back dilemma that United has been preparing for with mixed results over the past fourteen days.
Axel Tuanzebe marginally outperformed Eric Bailly during this stretch, and it’s most likely that he’ll get the nod to start. This one could really go either way, but it seems like there is a little momentum in Tuanzebe’s corner.
While Solskjaer is very tempting to bring Paul Pogba back into central midfield, he will likely stick with his great duo of Fred and Scott McTominay.
This means that Pogba, which is sure to start, will be used in a wide area.
It’s a position that seems to get the most out of the French, but it does mean that one of Marcus Rashford or Mason Greenwood is going to miss it.
Rashford is more likely to come off the bench as an older player with Greenwood, as he did against Roma.
It is a very difficult selection decision for Solskjaer as Cavani and Fernandes are seen as unstoppable even for the final.
United can name a 23-man squad, which means Solskjaer can name almost their entire squad even if Harry Maguire is injured. Nathan Bishop and Shola Shoretire could be the other two names to be missed on the bench.
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