The early team news and predicted line ups as Man Utd host FC Barcelona in the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie.
Manchester United will need to pull out another impressive performance if they are to have any chance of knocking Barcelona out of the Europa League tonight.
Erik ten Hag’s side are level as they host the La Liga leaders in the pivotal second leg following an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou a week ago.
In terms of early team news, Marcel Sabitzer and Lisandro Martinez are available again following injury, but Anthony Martial has been ruled out.
Bar an aberration at Arsenal, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been in impressive form and it is a testament to his recovery in the last two months that he should start tonight.
Raphael Varane and Casemiro have to return and there is no need for Luke Shaw at centre half with Lisandro Martinez available again in Europe. Casemiro’s presence means the ends could justify the means with Fred, who still made vital contributions in two error-strewn performances last week.
Jadon Sancho deserves to start.
The best chance of winning comes from playing the best side, and Ten Hag shouldn’t take any risks with his line up tonight.
Martinez and Varane should return in central defence and Wan-Bissaka gets the nod at right-back given he is the man in form in that position.
Casemiro is arguably the most important player on this United side, and Fred is crucial in big matches when they are out of possession.
Rashford has to start, and Weghorst brings much-needed energy and enthusiasm to the attacking line. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Fernandes repurposed to the right again, but Antony can make things happen out of nowhere.
Wan-Bissaka should retain his position at right-back and Varane starting alongside Martinez is a non-negotiable here. Casemiro and Fred have regularly delivered in games for Brazil and the latter should keep his place over Sabitzer.
Of course, Fred is prone to a lapse in concentration but he adds value to the midfield on a good day. I’d also start his fellow countryman Antony, if deemed fit enough to play from the first whistle after returning to training.
Sancho is still getting up to pace and Antony is a potential game-winner, so he would be the preference.