Mourinho To Make 4 Changes: Predicted Man Utd XI To Face Saint-Etienne

By on February 15, 2017

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Manchester United will be looking to put one foot in the next phase when they take on Saint-Etienne in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie at Old Trafford tomorrow night.

Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will pick for the game:

Goalkeeper: Mourinho is expected to name a strong side for the game so David De Gea should keep his place between the sticks with Sergio Romero more likely to start in the FA Cup tie at Blackburn this weekend.

Defence: Phil Jones has been ruled out as he continues to nurse a foot injury which he picked up during the 0-0 draw with Hull City at the start of the month.

Mourinho has confirmed that Luke Shaw won’t feature while fit-again Marcos Rojo may have to make do with a place on the bench as the Portuguese boss plans to deploy the same back four that featured during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford.

That means Chris Smalling partnering Eric Bailly in the middle of defence, Antonio Valencia at right-back while Daley Blind is set to be preferred at left-back.

Midfield: Michael Carrick won’t be risked as he’s still carrying the minor muscle injury which has kept him out for the last two games so we could see Marouane Fellaini given a chance to impress in midfield.

Ander Herrera is likely to keep his place in the middle of the park while Paul Pogba could be moved in to a more advanced position.

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Attack: Wayne Rooney remains unavailable due to a minor muscle problem so Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to lead the line up front.

Mourinho may decide to freshen things up in attack to give the likes of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan a breather ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Blackburn.

That means we could see Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard get recalls after being named on the bench at the weekend.

Here is how we think United will line-up:

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