Manchester United are anxious to get back on track and will look to put an end to their recent dreadful performances when they host Atalanta on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
Man United recorded their second defeat in their last seven matches in all competitions when they lost 4-2 to Leicester City at King Power on Sunday in the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is under threat and he is eager to get the club back to winning ways as quickly as possible.
After the defeat to the Foxes, Paul Pogba accused Solskjaer of not introducing new tactics and claimed there needs to be a change at Old Trafford if they care about improving their performances.
Solskjaer has also not kept quiet on the type of players he wants at Manchester United and the energy, desire to play for the club.
The Norwegian publicly hailed Fred and Scott McTominay as both midfielders, who are ready to give their everything to ensure the club win games. Stats speak for themselves and Solskjaer also stated that United have had many good results when both stars paired together.
With Pogba’s horrid display against Leicester City that left many fans and football pundits stunned, Solskjaer could be about to drop the World Cup winner out of his squad and he wouldn’t be doing anything wrong.
Marcus Rashford has returned back from injury and marked his first appearance for United since the Europa League final loss to Villarreal with a goal against Leicester City.
The England star looked sharp last weekend but he may not start against the Serie A side, which would give Solskjaer the chance to work with Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho in the frontline.
Bruno Fernandes to complete the midfield alongside Fred, who missed last weekend’s game due to his late return from the international break, and Scott McTominay, who was a second half substitute.
At the back, Raphael Varane remains on the sidelines with a groin injury, and Solskjaer may decide to work with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Should Maguire, who was horrendous last weekend, fail to show any sign of improvement from last weekend, Eric Bailly could be about to start at the back.
Manchester United predicted starting lineup vs Atalanta
GK: David de Gea
DF: Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw
MF: Fred, Fernandes, McTominay
FW: Sancho, Ronaldo, Greenwood
“As you said, first of all, the stats for those two together, we’ve had many, many good results, the energy they give us, the way we broke up play against Villa, they’re very, very instrumental together, in that respect. Energy and desire, and I really like to have the two of them,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“They’re two who I can trust and will always give what they’ve got. Fans will always have an opinion on any team selection and when you have got good players like me it’s hard to leave players out.”