Manchester United return to Champions League duties against Benfica on Wednesday night. Jose Mourinho’s side are presently top of Group A with six points after two outings, and they can cement their spot with a victory at the Estadio da Luz.
David de Gea has been allotted as the club’s Premier League and Champions League goalkeeper, and he is a certain starter for the midweek game. Antonio Valencia has played no part in the previous outings versus Basel and CSKA Moscow, and we are going with a similar trend by preferring Ashley Young in the right wing-back spot. Daley Blind looked comfortable at left wing-back versus CSKA, and he could retain his place for the second game running. With Eric Bailly likely to miss out through injury, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof could make up the central defensive three.
The central midfield department is unlikely to see any changes with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic taking up their positions. Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are all sidelined with injuries, and United may have to utilise Scott McTominay as a suitable backup.
Anthony Martial put in a stellar performance with a goal and two assists with CSKA, and he could get the nod over Marcus Rashford, who was carrying a knock versus Liverpool. Alongside Martial in attack will be Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian looked a lone figure during the drab 0-0 draw versus Liverpool, but he will be determined to put in a performance. Other than this, Romelu Lukaku is a certainty to lead the line for United as he has done in 11 of the club’s 12 matches this term.