Paul Pogba’s role leaves Manchester United with a tactical headache vs Roma




De Gea back in?

The United goalkeeping debate is dormant, for the time being. David de Gea started both of the Granada legs and is expected to be back between the sticks tonight, with Dean Henderson’s number one status reflected by his Premier League run.


If United reach the Europa League final, then the debate will resurface. Henderson and De Gea might have played four games each in the Europa League and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed last season a cup goalkeeper’s duties can only extend so far.

The demotion of Sergio Romero for the Sevilla semi-final was the final nail in his coffin at United.

Selections of intent?

The first leg in Granada highlighted a rethink from Solskjaer after his clumsy comments downplaying silverware last month. Luke Shaw started ahead of Alex Telles, previously a near-certainty to start in the Europa League, and Victor Lindelof has assumed defensive duties in the absence of Eric Bailly.


Bailly has now committed to United after some minor contract wranglings but has not played since the AC Milan first leg over a month ago. Lindelof has improved in recent months and the Europa League is so vital Paul Pogba was rested for the majority of the stalemate at Leeds.

Roma reunions

United could bank up to €20million for Chris Smalling and you have to wonder whether they loaned in Daniel Levy to conduct those negotiations. Smalling has started 13 times for Roma all season and there is no chance of an England recall any more.

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