Man Utd: Solskjaer sends message to fans before protest
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to make just minor tweaks to his team for today’s Premier League clash with Liverpool. The Red Devils go into the game full of confidence after thumping Roma on Thursday. So Express Sport will now take a look at how they should line up for the match, with two changes expected.
David De Gea started the match against Roma between the sticks.
But after conceding twice, and some poor distribution, he’s expected to be benched for the match against Liverpool.
Instead, Dean Henderson appears primed to get the nod.
The England international has the backing of Solskjaer when it comes to the Premier League these days, starting every match in the competition since the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in February.
So he’ll be out to thwart Liverpool again after impressing in the 3-2 FA Cup win over the Reds earlier in the campaign.
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Defence: Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw
United recently tied Eric Bailly down to a new contract, ending months of uncertainty in the process.
But, though the Ivory Coast international is fit again, it’s unlikely he’ll start against Liverpool.
Instead, Solskjaer appears set to go with his trusted back four.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw both impressed against Roma, going forward with vigour as United hunted more goals.
And Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are the Norwegian’s preferred pairing at the back.
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Midfield: Fred, McTominay, Fernandes
Say what you like about Fred and Scott McTominay, but they’ve certainly got Solskjaer’s support.
The duo often attract criticism on social media – a platform many footballing figures, including Express Sport, are boycotting this weekend.
Yet they’re solid, if unspectacular, and offer the club’s attacking players a license to roam.
Ahead of them will be Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international is back in form again and will be looking to build on his midweek brace against Roma, lighting up Old Trafford that night.
Forwards: Greenwood, Cavani, Pogba
Marcus Rashford is such a big asset to United.
But, amid news the England international hasn’t played without pain for nearly two years, he may be dropped to the bench.
Paul Pogba has flourished on the left wing of late, appearing reborn in that position.
And Mason Greenwood may be deployed on the right.
In the middle is likely to be Edinson Cavani, with the 34-year-old on a run of five goals from his last five matches.
Speaking before the match on Friday, Solskjaer insisted United would be fully focused on football – despite protests over the Glazers’ handling of the club set to commence before kick off.
“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and that we communicate better,” he said.
“My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team. I’ve been backed and had great support from the club and the owners and I’m sure I’ll get the backing again to go one step further.
“I’m so happy that all the clubs agreed this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward.
“When the protests are on, it is important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.
“The players are focused on the game and nothing else. They have handled difficult situations before. It was a strange week before the Leeds game after the Super League announcement.
“But I’m not worried one second that our mind is not on the football. As you saw in the [Europa League] semi, the players are fully focused on performing.”
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