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Mourinho To Make 5 Changes: Predicted Man Utd XI To Face Middlesbrough
Manchester United will be looking to continue their push for the top four when they take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will pick for the game:
Goalkeeper: The Red Devils boss started Sergio Romero for Thursday night’s Europa League win over FC Rostov and he made a crucial save at the end to secure the 1-0 win but David De Gea is still expected to be recalled on Sunday.
Defence: Mourinho has played three at the back for the past two games but I expect him to revert to a more traditional flat back four this weekend.
Daley Blind is a doubt for the game after picking up a knock last night so Marcos Rojo could be deployed at left-back with Luke Shaw still out-of-favour under Mourinho.
Antonio Valencia should continue at right-back while I think we’ll see Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly in the middle of defence – although Phil Jones is pushing for a recall.
Midfield: Mourinho has some decisions to make in midfield as Ander Herrera begins his two-game domestic ban following his dismissal against Chelsea while Paul Pogba has been ruled out after sustaining a hamstring injury against Rostov.
Michael Carrick is almost certain to get a recall in the middle of the park and it looks as though Marouane Fellaini will be the man to join him this weekend.
Attack: Zlatan Ibrahimovic serves the second of his three-game ban so Marcus Rashford is set for a recall up front with Wayne Rooney set to miss out once again after not making the squad on Thursday night due to a knee injury.
Anthony Martial is also still a doubt so Henrikh Mkhitaryan could continue on the left while Juan Mata may be deployed in a central No.10 role with Jesse Lingard coming in on the right wing.
Here is how we think United will line-up: