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POLL: Who should start for Manchester United in the Europa League final?

With a few places in the starting XI still unclear, have your say on which players should fill them.

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José Mourinho’s rotation choices in the last several league matches of the season were strong indicators of which players he considers to be sure starters in the Europa League final. Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrik Mkhitaryan, and Marcus Rashford are all practically guaranteed to start on Wednesday against Ajax.

There are still three places in the team that are potentially up for grabs however. Vote below to have to have your say on how you’d like to see these spots filled.

The Attack

It is not clear whether Mourinho will opt to line up in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, so there may be room for more than one attacker to play alongside Rashford and Mkhitaryan. Assuming Mourinho elects for the former formation, who would you choose?


Who should partner Rashford and Mkhitaryan in attack?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Anthony Martial
    (206 votes)
  • 19%
    Jesse Lingard
    (115 votes)
  • 30%
    Juan Mata
    (178 votes)
  • 13%
    Two of the above (4-2-3-1)
    (80 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (describe in comments)
    (5 votes)
584 votes total Vote Now

The Midfield

Pogba and Herrera have both benefited from having a third midfielder next to them at times, with Marouane Fellaini the preferred candidate as of late. Still, Axel Tuanzebe has impressed in the deep midfield role these last couple of weeks, and Michael Carrick’s experience cannot be dismissed as a viable option either.


Who should partner Pogba and Herrera in midfield?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Marouane Fellaini
    (146 votes)
  • 57%
    Michael Carrick
    (327 votes)
  • 8%
    Axel Tuanzebe
    (49 votes)
  • 7%
    No one (4-2-3-1)
    (44 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (describe in comments)
    (3 votes)
569 votes total Vote Now

The Back Line

With three of the four places already decided, the only question is who will partner Daley Blind at center back. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have effectively been auditioning for the role in the last two weeks. Jones’ start on Sunday would have been an indication that he was being overlooked for the final, but that may not be the case as Smalling had apparently picked up a minor injury beforehand.


Who should partner Daley Blind in central defense?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Phil Jones
    (329 votes)
  • 28%
    Chris Smalling
    (163 votes)
  • 14%
    Axel Tuanzebe
    (81 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (describe in comments)
    (4 votes)
577 votes total Vote Now