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Predicted XI vs Villareal Europa final: Solskjaer set to spring shock midfield change?

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Predicted XI vs Villareal Europa final: Solskjaer set to spring shock midfield change?

Predicted XI vs Villareal Europa final: Solskjaer set to spring shock midfield change?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be set to shock everybody by picking a bold, attacking line-up for Manchester United’s Europa League final against Villareal tomorrow.

The manager has religiously picked Scott McTominay and Fred as twin pivots in a 4-2-3-1 formation for all but fewer games this summer.

However, with both players grappling for form and picking up injuries recently, there is an indication to insinuate that the Norwegian may be considering a change.

If ‘McFred’ does start, Mason Greenwood is usually the attacking player most likely to fall to the bench, with Marcus Rashford shifting to the right, Paul Pogba to the left, and Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani through the middle.

Yet, Greenwood was rested for United’s final Premier League game of the season against Wolves on Sunday, which could indicate he is in the boss’s plans to play 90 minutes in Gdansk.

The 19-year-old absolutely deserves his place in the starting lineup and has been one of the Premier League’s most powerful weapons in the last couple of months.


But Rashford, Cavani, Fernandes, and Pogba are all absolutely undroppable, so something has to give, and that could be Fred, with Pogba moving into a central role ahead of McTominay and behind Fernandes.

It would be tragic for Fred, who has fortified the engine room of this United side admirably all season. But those 47 high-energy outings may have taken their toll and he has looked somewhat fatigued in recent weeks.

The move would signify a gamble by Solskjaer as it would put more pressure on McTominay to single-handedly defend a leaky defense that will be without captain Harry Maguire.

On the other hand, it would throw down the gauntlet to Villareal, springing a shock in the optimism of taking an early lead, with the Brazilian then possibly coming on later to help shield that lead.

With Maguire missing, Eric Bailly is anticipated to partner Victor Lindelof at the back although there could be another shock there after Axel Tuanzebe’s remarkable performance against Wolves on Sunday.

As for the goalkeeping spot, at times this term, it has seemed as if Solskjaer himself does not know who his best keeper is, but we think he will plump for the more experienced David de Gea on this opening, with Dean Henderson set to be frustrated.

With all that in understanding, here is our predicted line-up for tomorrow’s game:

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