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8 changes – 4-3-3: Man Utd predicted XI to face Young Boys

Manchester United host Swiss Super League champions Young Boys in the fifth game of our Champions League group this evening.

Victory matched by Valencia failing to win at Juventus would book our place into the second round of this season’s competition.

We were 3-0 winners in Bern in the first meeting back in September.

Jose Mourinho is forced into a couple of changes from Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace having lost both Victor Lindelof and Matteo Darmian to injury. However, we expect the boss to make a string of changes. They are as follows:

Goalkeeper: David de Gea
David de Gea’s place between the sticks is safe because Lee Grant is no challenge for the Spaniard.

Defence: Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw
Antonio Valencia should be in line to make his first appearance in eight weeks with Matteo Darmian sidelined. This allows a breather to Ashley Young who has been playing a lot recently. Phil Jones should replace the injured Lindelof and I think the England international will be partnered by Eric Bailly as Chris Smalling could be handed a rest. Luke Shaw was suspended over the weekend so is fresh to start midweek.

Midfield: Fred, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba
Fred hasn’t played the last couple of games but should be recalled to give Nemanja Matic a rest. Scott McTominay is another option here but I think Jose won’t want to cause a media stir by ditching the Brazilian following his big transfer fee over the summer. Marouane Fellaini is a useful option for us in midfield and should be given another start. Paul Pogba was quiet over the weekend so let’s hope he steps it up this evening.

Attack: Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez
Romelu Lukaku only made his return on Saturday so I don’t think the Belgian international will be given two starts in a week. Therefore we should see Marcus Rashford in that role. Alexis Sanchez should be able to dominate the Young Boys defence down the left wing whilst Jesse Lingard could keep his starting spot down the right wing after being hauled off after only an hour last time out.

Here is how we line up on paper: