Pogba and Sanchez start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Man United XI to face Swansea City

Manchester United host Swansea City in their first Premier League game following the international break. The Red Devils are currently two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool, having played a game less, and the Swans clash offer the perfect opportunity to maintain the second position in the standings.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


David de Gea is currently the leading goalkeeper in the Premier League with 15 clean sheets, and the Spain international will want to keep the form going with another strong showing against Swansea on Saturday.

In defence, no changes are unlikely to happen. Antonio Valencia should slot into the right-back with Ashley Young on the other flank. The Englishman suffered a knock against Italy, but should be deemed fit after playing out the game.

Eric Bailly have been a strong presence at the heart of the defence since his injury comeback, and the Ivorian is likely to partner Chris Smalling, who has had an extended rest after not being picked for the Three Lions.

Young graduate Scott McTominay was withdrawn from the Scotland squad with a tight calf muscle, and he may probably be replaced by Paul Pogba, who produced a top showing for France against Russia in midweek.

Pogba offered a brilliant pin-point assist for Kylian Mbappe’s opener before scoring with a splendid free-kick from over 25 yards. Nemanja Matic is a certain candidate to feature alongside the Frenchman in central midfield.

Further forward, we are anticipating Marcus Rashford to feature on the left-wing with Jesse Lingard on the right after impressing for Gareth Southgate’s side during the break with a goal and assist.

Alexis Sanchez failed to get off the bench in the previous FA Cup outing against Brighton, but we are fancying him to start in the number 10 role behind Romelu Lukaku, who has earned his position upfront.

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