Europa League: How Manchester United could line up for clash with Sevilla

Manchester United face Sevilla on Sunday night for a spot of semi-final in Cologne.
August 16, 2020 | 08:07
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Manchester United predicted line up to against Sevilla

According to The Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a selection headache as he tries to pick between David De Gea and Sergio Romero as his starting goalkeeper.

Romero has featured in nine of United's 11 Europa League games so far this season.

But the Argentine played all the Red Devils' matches in the League Cup and the FA Cup before the semi-final stage, at which point Solskjaer chose to swap him for De Gea.

The Norwegian will likely do the same again but it is a huge decision given De Gea's shaky form this season.

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How Man Utd could line up vs Sevilla. Photo: The Sun.

At left-back Brandon Williams is a shoe-in thanks to his impressive performances since Luke Shaw's season ending injury in July.

But at centre-back, Victor Lindelof could replace Eric Bailly who started United's quarter-final victory against Copenhagen.

Lindelof has not started either of United's last two games, but was in the starting XI for 10 of their first 11 matches after lockdown.

Europa League: How Manchester United could line up for clash with Sevilla
Photo: Reuters.

His 70th-minute introduction against Copenhagen also suggests he could be set for a return to the fold. At the base of midfield, Nemanja Matic is likely to come back in to replace Fred.

After the Copenhagen win on Monday, Solskjaer said: “Nemanja has always had this calm and influence on the team, and he came on and did really well.” Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes will start if fit.

As will the fearsome attacking trio of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial - who was man-of-the-match in the quarter-final.

Another alternative line up

Sports Mole also looks at how MU could line up for their semi-final showdown with Sevilla.

Having opted to shuffle the pack slightly against LASK and Copenhagen, Solskjaer is expected to name the majority of the side that hit the ground running upon the restart.

That could mean a potential two changes from the quarter-final victory, with Fred and Eric Bailly in line to be replaced by Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof respectively.

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Photo: Sports Mole.

Both players have formed effective partnerships with their respective comrades since football returned, with Matic and Paul Pogba proving themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the park, while Lindelof and Harry Maguire have enjoyed a spate of impressive performances in the heart of Solskjaer's defence.

Who the two centre-backs will be looking to protect is up for debate, though, as Sergio Romero could be in doubt of losing his place in goal to David de Gea due to the significance of this semi-final.

Europa League: How Manchester United could line up for clash with Sevilla
Photo: Reuters.

De Gea has certainly not covered himself in glory throughout the season, but Solskjaer has jumped to his keeper's defence on numerous occasions this term and the Spaniard will be battling it out with Romero for a start here, although we are expecting the Argentine to get the nod.

Up top, the formidable quartet of Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have amassed 64 goals and 23 assists between them in all competitions this term, and barring any late issues, the four players are nailed on to start here.

Essential info before the Sunday night clash

According to Man Utd, MU last reached this stage of the Europa League in 2017, where they faced another Spanish side, Celta Vigo. United triumphed 2-1 on aggregate thanks to a Marcus Rashford free-kick in Vigo and a Marouane Fellaini header at Old Trafford.

Sevilla, meanwhile, are perennial fixtures at this stage of the competition. No team has a better record than Sevilla in the Europa League. They've won the Europa League five times, more than any other club, including three times in the last seven seasons.

Europa League: How Manchester United could line up for clash with Sevilla
Photo: GQ Magazine.

It’ll be difficult to overcome Sevilla and then either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final, but winning the Europa League will be significant for United, GQ Magazine reported.

It’ll be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first trophy at the club as manager and an important European trophy reflecting suitably where United are right now rather than where Solskjaer wants them to be.

Europa League: How Manchester United could line up for clash with Sevilla
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