Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both in line to land starting places for Manchester United against Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday.
Manchester United Won First Meet 4-1
The England Premier League side hammered the Turkish side 4-1 two weeks ago at Old Trafford and the England forward had a rare start and played the full 90 minutes.
Rooney lost his starting place in the United lineup because of the impressive performances this early season by Juan Mata, but manager Jose Mourinho is apparently ready to recall the striker to lead his attack.
The Manchester United captain is set to take the place of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the forward position, as Mourinho might be tempted to give the big Swede a rest.
Mkhitaryan To Start As Well?
Mkhitaryan could also get a rare start for the Red Devils in Istanbul.
In fact, the summer signing has not played for the Premier League side since being substituted at halftime in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the EPL in September.
Mkhitaryan had been carrying an injury, but Mourinho revealed two weeks ago that the Armenian is fully fit and capable of playing.
Still, the Portuguese continue to leave out his hand-picked recruit from his matchday squads, which has led to interesting questions about the future of the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker at Old Trafford.
If the 27-year-old doesn’t start or even play some part for Manchester United against Fenerbahce the pressure will continue to mount on Mourinho, who had such high praises for the talented midfielder this summer.
Also in line to feature on Thursday is Phil Jones, who travelled with the EPL side on Wednesday.
Jones has not played all season for Manchester United because of a knee injury, but has been recalled by Mourinho, following the injury setbacks to fellow defenders Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly.
The Red Devils are coming off a 0-0 draw with Burnley in the Premier League, despite dominating the contest and finishing with 37 efforts at goal.
United also dominated against Stoke City, but the game finished 1-1.
All the players and the manager are a frustrated, but the there is a belief the goals will come.
“Sometimes you are in a period when one chance is enough to win the match,” Mourinho said in an interview with www.manutd.com.
“Sometimes people in the stadium are very disappointed and they are not even emotionally in the game but you score a goal and you win.
“Other times people are excited and players are excited and players play incredible football and the emotion is there until the last second and the players don’t stop. The number of chances was amazing [against Burnley], the quality of football the same.
“Stoke was more of the same, not with so many shots on target, but it was also a game where probably the quality of our attacking football was even higher.
“So one day we really have to score a lot of goals but the good thing is we have found a way to play and a way to enjoy things, but obviously total enjoyment is with three points.”
Manchester United (squad): De Gea, Romero, Johnstone; Blind, Jones, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Mata, Pogba, Schneiderlin, Young; Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rashford, Rooney.