Man United have named a 23-strong squad for the huge RB Leipzig Champions League game later this evening.
This game needs no introduction. Simply put, lose and we’re out. Draw or win and Manchester United’s Champions League quest will continue into the new year.
RB Leipzig will be plotting revenge after the Red Devils hammered them 5-0 last time out, in a game that was probably an unfair reflection in regards to just how good today’s opponents actually are.
Make no mistake about it, this will be a much tougher fixture tonight, with far more on the line. Team selection and tactical setup is going to be key for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though I’m sure Julian Nagelsmann is planning just as meticulously with so much on the line.
Anyway, the official club website have offered us insight into the squad that the Baby Faced Assassin will have available. The Reds have named a 23-man party for this one, with a key duo making their return to the squad following injuries; Luke Shaw and David de Gea.
There are a couple of injury blows too, though. Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are both unavailable.
Check out the Man United squad in full for RB Leipzig away:
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant.
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams.
Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek.
Forwards: Odion Ighalo, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford.
This squad is pretty much as you’d expect. Defensively, we’re looking far better with Shaw back in the mix, as he’ll provide some competition to Alex Telles. As for David de Gea, his world-class ability speaks for itself.
The big area of concern for me is up top. It’s pretty much going to be down to Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford to do all the damage, as Odion Ighalo has barely played this season and making an impact off the bench may prove tough for him.
Fred is missing through suspension, though squad depth in that area of the field is great. Solskjaer can choose any combination he wants from about four or five top-quality footballers; all of which will undoubtedly make a positive impact.