MANCHESTER – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make adjustments to his starting team when Manchester United welcome Istanbul Basaksehir in a key Champions League clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Here we take an early look at how Manchester United could lineup against the visitors.
Solskjaer revealed that he has most of his players available for selection for this clash, which means the battle for places are even greater. The United also boss knows that he must freshen things up to prepare for the busy schedule ahead.
One of the key places the manager is set to make a change is upfront where he is expected to drop Anthony Martial and replace him with Edinson Cavani.
Martial has scored twice in the Champions League this season, but the Frenchman remains without a goal from his five outings in the Premier League.
Cavani has only featured off the bench since joining Manchester United, but the Uruguay international could finally be handed his first start, something several Red Devils supporters and a few ex-players have been calling for.
Cavani could be partnered with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in the three-man attacking line, with playmaker Bruno Fernandes supporting.
Solskjaer is hoping to have Paul Pogba back after the France World Cup winner missed the win over West Bromwich with an ankle, but the boss will more than likely stick with his trusted duo in Europe in central midfield.
They are Fred and Scott McTominay, although Donny van de Beek could make a case for himself.
Dean Henderson, who started the game in Turkey, which Manchester United dropped 2-1, is expected to keep his place in goal ahead of David de Gea, who kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over West Bromwich in the league at the weekend.
Alex Telles will more than likely start at left-back instead of Luke Shaw who is only just returning after being out for a four weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered in the Premier League win against Everton.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindeloef are set to retain their places in the heart of the defence.