Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United will be hoping for a return to winning ways against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday evening. The Red Devils are unbeaten in nine Premier League matches but tasted defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of Leicester City before the international break.
Express Sport brings you the United side that could feature at the Theatre of Dreams for the visit of the Seagulls.
Goalkeeper – Henderson
Dean Henderson has been Solskjaer’s first choice between the sticks in recent weeks and could hold onto his starting spot for Sunday’s encounter.
The former Sheffield United loanee has been far from perfect this season but has evidently done more in the eyes of the Norwegian boss to warrant a place in the side than out-of-favour stopper David de Gea.
However, Solskjaer suggested in midweek that both goalkeepers could be involved in equal measure between now and the end of the season, with United still going strong in the Europa League ahead of their quarter-final first-leg clash with Granada on Thursday.
“They both know we value them highly,” Solskjaer told reporters. “I’ve got great options, top goalkeepers, but both want to play. That will be decided on merit.”
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Defence – Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw
Aaron Wan-Bissaka should occupy his usual spot at right-back with Harry Maguire donning the armband at the centre of United’s back four.
Victor Lindelof has enjoyed a relatively decent spell as of late and is likely to partner the England star.
The 26-year-old has been preferred to Eric Bailly in recent weeks amid uncertainty over the latter’s contract situation.
Meanwhile, Shaw has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet since the turn of the year and could feature on the left ahead of second-choice option Alex Telles.
Midfield – McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes
Like Shaw, Scott McTominay has been a revelation for United this season, with his composed distribution and ability to break up opposition attacks putting him in contention to start every single match when available.
Paul Pogba, who has popped up with a number of vital contributions in recent months, should play alongside the Scot in the middle of the park.
Portugal star Bruno Fernandes will almost certainly occupy the creative role behind the attacking trio after Donny van de Beek’s failure to impress against Leicester last time out.
The Red Devils are heavily reliant on the 26-year-old’s playmaking ability, with Solskjaer highly unlikely to leave his side’s best player on the bench on Sunday evening.
Attack – James, Rashford, Cavani
Daniel James is arguably the in-form player within United’s ranks after scoring the winning goal for Wales against the Czech Republic during the international break.
He is likely to feature out wide over Mason Greenwood, who had been struggling with an injury but returned to training earlier this week.
The only logical option at the tip of the attacking trident continues to be Edinson Cavani despite continued speculation over the Uruguayan’s immediate future at Old Trafford.
The veteran striker could be flanked on the other side by Marcus Rashford, with the Wythenshawe-born forward in line for a return to action after missing out on the latest England camp with a foot problem.
Expected Man Utd XI vs Brighton – Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani