Manchester United can secure Champions League qualification if they defeat fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his side can make headlines for all the right reasons on a day when United fans will protest against the Glazer family’s ownership ahead of kick-off.
Around 1,000 fans protested against the Glazers at Old Trafford last Saturday, while up to 10,000 United supporters could converge outside the stadium at 2pm on Sunday.
In terms of early teams news, United will have near enough a fully fit squad with Anthony Martial and Phil Jones both still ruled out.
Here is how MEN writers think United should line up.
Dean Henderson has to come back in goal but the back four can remain unchanged. Liverpool has become a more important game than the second leg against Roma, when United can afford to rest players for the trip to Aston Villa on Sunday week.
Scott McTominay and Fred are not needed in Italy but have merit as a pair against Liverpool. Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba are United’s in-form forwards and Bruno Fernandes enjoyed his best game in months on Thursday night.
Henderson will return in goal for De Gea in the Premier League but in front of him this is a back four that picks itself at the moment, with Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire and Shaw looking a solid unit at the moment.
In midfield the partnership of Fred and McTominay makes a lot of sense against Liverpool. Bringing the less mobile Matic in for either would be a risk. Fernandes was the hero off the bench in the FA Cup in January but should start this term.
Cavani hasn’t always shown a desire to start two games in quick succession for United but given his performance on Thursday he should start here and try and maintain momentum. That also goes for Pogba, with Rashford getting a rest for his troublesome foot and Greenwood starting.
Earlier in the week Solskjaer said the Liverpool match ‘would take care of itself’ and it’s safe to say the line up probably will too, based on the agreements from the two posted above.
It doesn’t mean there aren’t any debates though. Bailly has signed a new contract and could be rewarded with a start against Liverpool’s pacey forward line, while there is also opportunity to play devil’s advocate with the forward line as well.
Cavani is the logical choice but has struggled with his fitness throughout the season so could make way for Rashford, while Greenwood has to start on the right.
Pogba is the best option on the left, but it also wouldn’t be a complete surprise if Solskjaer went rogue and played James there instead.