Manchester United can seal qualification through to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with a victory tonight. Jose Mourinho’s men host SL Benfica at the Theatre of Dreams, with the Red Devils desperate to wrap up safe progression.
Not only will it allow United to rest some players over our last two games, it gives Mourinho one less thing to focus on, meaning all of his attention will turn to Premier League football from now until February.
Ahead of that, we’ve drawn up the starting XI we expect the self-proclaimed Special One to name this evening.
Check out the predicted starting XI here:
In goal, David de Gea will continue. Eric Bailly is now back, and I fully expect him to play, alongside former SL Benfica star Victor Lindelof. Ashley Young will shift over to the right-back slot, with Matteo Darmian making up the back four.
We’re still no closer to our midfielders returning to fitness, so it certainly looks as though both Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic will continue playing. Juan Mata will start just in front of them in a more advanced role.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford played together against Swansea City. This time around, I think we’ll see them start alongside one another. Romelu Lukaku will lead the line.