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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have been decent in the last few games in the Premier League and are fresh off a victory over English Champions Leicester City at the weekend. They are not getting ready for their first European fixture of the year as they take on French side ASSE Saint Ettiene, in the first leg of the Round of 32 fixture of the Europa League this season. Currently in the 5th place in the points table, Saint Ettiene, has not been an easy team to beat this season in the domestic competition and they are sure to give Manchester United a run for their month in this game. Here is the predicted line-up the Mourinho might field for this tie.
The manager does not have too many injuries to worry about ahead of this tie. Phil Jones is still not back in action but Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, who both picked up knocks recently are expected to be back in action.
Expected line-up (4-2-3-1):
David de Gea:
The Spaniard is among the best in the world in his position and is a regular starter for Manchester United this season.
The first-choice full-back for Manchester United, Valencia, should keep his place in the side for this game at the Old Trafford.
The English defender has been deputizing for Jones recently and having put in some decent performances, is expected to start against ASSE.
The summer buy for United, Bailly has been consistent for the Red Devils this season and should partner Smalling at the back.
The young defender has not been getting regular game time at the club but Mourinho should star him on the left side for this Europe League clash.
No more a first choice in the league, Fellaini, has been extensively used in cup competitions and will get his chance yet against for this tie.
The French sensation is yet to leave his mark on United’s season but has a great chance to turn it around in this knockout fixture.
The Spaniard is the lynchpin for Manchester United in the midfield and should start alongside Pogba in the midfield for his side.
The Spaniard was decent in the last game for the side and he is expected to be the major playmaker for United for this clash.
The French star found some form off-late and is expected to help his side to a victory to settle this tie in the first leg.
The Swede is the most potent weapon for Manchester United this season and he is expected to start this game to try and give his side an advantage from this first leg.