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How Manchester United should line up vs Real Sociedad in Europa League second leg

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Manchester United will be looking to secure safe passage to the next round of the Europa League when they meet Real Sociedad on Thursday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hold a 4-0 lead on aggregate after their win in Turin last week and will qualify for the last 16 as long as they avoid a shock defeat at Old Trafford.

United are unbeaten in their last 14 Europa League home matches, but they have won just one of their last nine home matches against Spanish opposition.

In terms of early team news Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Edinson Cavani have all been ruled out through injury.

Henderson has to come in and United can afford to change the entire back four. Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe need minutes, Eric Bailly needs to prepare to start against Chelsea and Alex Telles’ selection is a given. Ethan Galbraith might as well start next to Nemanja Matic as neither will on Sunday.

Solskjaer has already said Amad won’t start but these panels are personal XIs and never predicted XIs, so he is on the right with Juan Mata behind Mason Greenwood. It would be remiss not to let Daniel James continue when he is in such good form and might be needed off the bench against Chelsea.

Tyrone Marshall

Solskjaer can ring the changes tonight and all of back five should swap. Henderson is a certainty to start, while in defence Wan-Bissaka needs a rest and Williams needs minutes. That’s also true for Tuanzebe, while Bailly and Telles deserve games.

Injuries are causing an issue in midfield and a combination of Fred and Matic again would be a negative decision. Galbraith deserves his chance from the start alongside a senior and more defensive partner in Matic. It makes sense to give Fernandes the night off, with Mata the more attacking midfielder.

The clamour to start Amad is understandable, but it might be a wise decision to gradually increase his game time and give him half an hour instead. That means a front three of Greenwood, James and Martial, who needs a confidence boosting night in front of goal.

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