United begin their Europa League campaign at home on Thursday against fellow Group L side and *checks notes* Kazakhstan champions, Astana. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is minded to rotate players in midweek and, having opted for experience against Leicester at the weekend, may give the kids a turn.
Winning the Europa League is another route towards Champions League football next season and, although European fixtures often require experience, particularly away, there’s the opportunity for Solskjær to blood youngsters already on the fringes.
United have contrived to assemble a bloated yet thin squad. As such, Daniel James (out with ‘a knock’) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka should be given the night off – cheers lads – along with one or both of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf. Scott McTominay may benefit from the break, too, as could Marcus Rashford. David de Gea can also sit this one out with his shiny new contract.
Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, and Axel Tuanzebe all to get significant minutes, ideally. Whoever impresses can start against Rochdale, also at home, next Wednesday in the League Cup.
Romero a la Mourinho
Sergio Romero was José Mourinho’s mainstay in the Europa League when United won it in 2017. A back-up ‘keeper of such quality and quiet service deserves a consistent outing. Who knows when else he might be needed.
Is not dead! And, after 20-odd minutes against Leicester at the weekend, will be looking to start his season proper.
OGS: "He (Greenwood) is better than me now. I don’t have the accuracy any more. He is one of the best finishers I have seen."— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 18, 2019
United’s options up top are threadbare and another injury away from desperate. Mason Greenwood can play through the middle, so perhaps give him some minutes leading the line and let’s see what he can do.