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Manchester United predicted XI to face Omonia (Europa League): Erik ten Hag to make six changes

Dylan Penketh

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Manchester United predicted XI to face Omonia (Europa League): Erik ten Hag to make six changes

Manchester United are looking to climb closer to top of Group E against Omonia tonight in the Europa League as the third game-week of the competition gets under way.

Manchester United currently sit second in the group, three points behind Real Sociedad.

So far the Europa League has produced one win against Sheriff Tiraspol and one loss against the aforementioned Spanish side, however Erik ten Hag's men are still expected to top the group come the end of game-week six.

Most recently, the Red Devils suffered a horrific defeat to cross-town rivals Manchester City, with a 6-3 drudging a nightmare scenario for fans across the world.

Speaking on the defeat, Erik ten Hag said: "You will have setbacks. We beat Arsenal, we beat Liverpool, Sunday we had a bad day at the office.

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"City were better, we have to accept that, but we can't accept our unacceptable performance."

In his press conference, Ten Hag also confirmed that he would play a strong side against Omonia.

"We will play tomorrow (Thursday) our best team," he said. "We have to construct a team because we want a competitive culture."

Despite this, there is a certain expectation that changes will be made.

Martin Dubravka could get his debut for the club after signing on loan from Newcastle late in the summer window, and after Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire were confirmed as unavailable, there will be some changes to the back four.

The travelling squad only contains two centre-backs, Victor Lindelof and Lisandro Martinez, and so chances are that they will play.

Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw are being given the tip to start over Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrell Malacia, with the former still out due to injury.

Erik ten Hag has only started Casemiro in one fixture so far this season, but after being questioned on the player's availability, it felt like the Brazilian will be handed another start.

Casemiro was presented at Old Trafford as a new Manchester United player against Liverpool in August. (Man Utd)
Casemiro was presented at Old Trafford as a new Manchester United player against Liverpool in August. (Man Utd)

This would be alongside international team mate Fred, who has been relegated to the bench in recent weeks after the good form of Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen.

On the subject of the great Dane, Eriksen could be rested after playing 90 minutes against Manchester City, with Bruno Fernandes continuing his attacking role in midfield.

The front three could consist of Jadon Sancho, Antony and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Erik ten Hag explaining that Ronaldo was left on the bench against City out of respect for the player.

This leaves Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out of the XI, however as both have just recovered from injuries, it is likely that Ten hag will be cautious with their minutes for now.

Predicted XI

Dubravka, Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Shaw, Fred, Casemiro, Fernandes, Antony, Ronaldo, Sancho.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Europa League

Dylan Penketh
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