Manchester United did some business over the summer transfer window. However, their midfield still remains a doubt.
After getting the signature of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Manchester United have strengthened their defense. Ander Herrera who was one of the best players in United’s midfield also left this summer for the French Club PSG.
Although they do have some experienced players like Paul Pogba and Juan Mata, their midfield would require quite a lot of shuffles. Another blow than Manchester United face ahead of their first European clash against Astana is the injury of their sterling midfielder and the new signing, Daniel James.
Confirmation by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer has verified that the new winger Daniel James will boot Thursday’s match. The match is against Astana, and he would miss it due to injury.
The Red Devils are arranged to accept their Europa League crusade undertaken when Kazakhstan’s Astana visit Old Trafford on Thursday. With United considering the contest very severely. This is because they look to get back into the Champions League.
However, they will have to meet Astana without James. Solskjaer established in his pre-match press gathering that the Welshman pulled up a knock. This happened the last time out in front of Leicester City, and he has not improved in time. Diogo Dalot has come back from injury has been training for a little while now.
The midfield injury crisis.
Manchester United still have a few players out. James accompanies Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, and Paul Pogba on the bench for United. Although Solskjaer did authenticate that Diogo Dalot, as well as Jesse Lingard, are both available as they are fit following their injuries.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also confirmed that Sergio Romero will start in goal. David de Gea is set for a rest. The Spaniard continues to be United’s first choice after signing a new contract. But, Solskjaer is excited to see what other players can do. Finally, he talked about the 16-year-old Charlie Wellens.
He has been practising with the squad ahead of the match. Solskjaer ended short of disclosing whether Wellens would play against Astana. But, he was quick to acknowledge the teen for his hard work to reach the senior side.
Predicted Line-Up against Astana.
United do welcome back Jesse Lingard after the playmaker was absent for the Leicester win. Jesse had a bad time when he was with England. Hopefully, they would get him on the ground to try to start his campaign again.
The youngsters are ready to go. Manchester United could go for a 4-3-3 formation. With Romero starting in the goal; Marcos Rojo, Tuanzebe, Jones, and Fosu-Mensah could be the back four. Manchester United could play a midfielder 3 consisting of Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay and Angel Gomes.
The front 3 forwards for Manchester United could be Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Tahith Chong. This Manchester United squad seems to lack experience, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is anxious to see how the young players in his team perform. Expectations would certainly be high, and so would the pressure when the Kazakhastan side visit Manchester in the Old Trafford Stadium.