Following a resounding 4-1 win over Newcastle, Manchester United return to Champions League action with a trip to Basel on Wednesday night. Jose Mourinho's men, despite sitting top of Group A, require a point against Basel to clinch qualification for the last 16.
Here's United's best potential lineup for the important away fixture.
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As rumors of a move to Real Madrid rumble on, David de Gea has maintained top form this season. And with United in need of a point to secure qualification early, expect De Gea to feature ahead of his understudy, Sergio Romero, on Wednesday.
The combined attacking threat of Antonio Valencia's pace and Daley Blind's passing range will be vital with the Red Devils likely to push forward against Basel.
Chris Smalling is likely to retain his place in the center of defense after a goalscoring performance against Newcastle. Eric Bailly could partner the Englishman after Victor Lindelof's culpability for Dwight Gayle's goal over the weekend.
Paul Pogba's return seems to have reinvigorated a previously laboring United side, and the Frenchman will be set to partner the industrious Nemanja Matic in central midfield.
After failing to make the squad to face his former club Chelsea, Juan Mata impressed in an advanced position against Newcastle. However, Mata is likely to operate out wide to allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to line up in the number ten role.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has proved to be a consistent source of goals this term, and his presence in the team would give Anthony Martial a rest.
After breaking a seven-game goal drought, Romelu Lukaku will look to add to his tally of 18 goals for club and country this season. The Belgium international has previously found success against the Swiss side, having scored in the reverse fixture.
Moreover, teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to be rushed back into the starting eleven, seeing as he has only just returned from injury.