The Manchester United XI That Should Start Against LASK

Odion Ighalo, Juan Mata
Man Utd take on LASK on Wednesday | UEFA - Handout/Getty Images

Fatigue was clearly kicking in at Manchester United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men booked their place in next season's Champions League with a win at Leicester on the final day of the Premier League season.

United weren't at their sparkling best, but it was a determined performance and the squad was rewarded with some time off in order to rest and recharge ahead of their first game back in the Europa League - the second leg of their last 16 tie with LASK.

Solskjaer has confirmed that he won't be making too many changes to the team that won the first leg 5-0 in Austria back in March, but it is an opportunity to also give the younger players some minutes.

Here's a look at the starting XI Solskjaer should pick for Wednesday's game...

Goalkeeper & Defenders

Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly
Bailly and Maguire started against LASK | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Sergio Romero (GK) - In 630 minutes of Europa League football this season, United's number two Romero has conceded just one goal - keeping six clean sheets in his side's seven games so far. The Argentine is one of the most consistent and reliable back-up goalkeepers around, but he is beginning to attract attention from elsewhere.

Ethan Laird (RB) - Laird is highly rated at United and has been training with the first team regularly since the beginning of July. The 19-year-old has already made his senior debut, and this match represents the perfect opportunity to give him the chance to play with the first team in a competitive scenario. This would also give Aaron Wan-Bissaka more rest time.

Eric Bailly (CB) - Teden Mengi is another youngster Solskjaer is a fan of, but the Norwegian is expected to go with the more experienced Bailly from the start. It has been another season filled with injuries for the defender, but having overcome his latest knock, he will be desperate to put in a solid defensive display as he looks to hold down a starting spot.

Harry Maguire (CB) - The captain rarely misses a game for United, even in cup matches - and this is no different. Having had some time to rest, Maguire will be raring to go as he looks to lead his team to Europa League glory.

Diogo Dalot (LB) - This seems like the perfect opportunity for Solskjaer to start Dalot and give him the chance to make an impact. The Portuguese has struggled to even make the bench in recent times and has been linked with a summer exit, but with a 5-0 lead from the first leg, why not give Dalot the opportunity to try and prove his worth?


Scott McTominay
McTominay will start in midfield | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Scott McTominay (CM) - James Garner will be hoping for some minutes off the bench, but the tireless McTominay will start the contest as he has been limited to mainly substitute appearances in recent times due to the form of Nemanja Matic. McTominay will keep things ticking over in midfield, while he will also be tasked with sniffing out danger and protecting the back four.

Fred (CM) - Another player who has also seen his game time limited as a result of the form of United's first choice midfield trio at this moment in time. However, Fred has looked sharp with his range of passing and work rate when given the opportunity and he will be looking to cement his place in the side for the remaining Europa League games.

Juan Mata (CAM) - The away leg saw Mata operate out on the right, but he could move into his preferred position in the middle on Wednesday - where he is also more effective. However, it will be a fluid setup, with Mata likely to interchange frequently with the wingers.


Jesse Lingard
Solskjaer has confirmed Lingard will start the game | Pool/Getty Images

Jesse Lingard (RW) - Solskjaer confirmed that Lingard - who grabbed his first league goal of the season on the final day - will start the game. The England international's return to the side will also give Solskjaer the chance to give Bruno Fernandes a much needed rest. Capable of playing on the right, Lingard will be looking to take his chance and kick on from his confidence-boosting strike against Leicester.

Daniel James (LW) - James has played more minutes in 2019/20 than even he could have predicted, but his role has changed since the restart and the pressure has been taken off him. The Welshman was impressive against LASK in the away leg, grabbing himself a goal while operating out on the right wing, and he will be keen to put in a similar performance.

Odion Ighalo (ST) - United were ridiculed when Ighalo signed, but he has quickly proven his critics wrong. The striker has looked sharp in front of goal, but equally, his overall contribution to the team through his hold up play and linking ability has been outstanding. He also scored an outrageous goal last time against LASK.

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