It has been a great week for Manchester United without a shadow of a doubt. No one was expecting them to come out of the depths of despair, and put up two back to back spectacular performances against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on the verge of sacking when we came into our game against Tottenham. However, after victories over the north London side, noisy neighbours Manchester City and against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night, the momentum has well and truly shifted. That is why there is no doubt Solskjaer will return to one of his strongest starting line-ups for the game.
Having rested many of his team for the Thursday night clash against the Dutch side, Solskjaer will bring the majority of his usual starting eleven back. And that includes an almost entirely new back-line, with the only summer signing Harry Maguire keeping his place from the mid-week game. That will mean Luke Shaw once again gets the chance to show that he still has a long-term future at Old Trafford following his long-awaited return from injury.
In midfield, Solskjaer hailed the growing partnership of Scott McTominay and Fred, and the two will no doubt form the midfield pairing. Ahead of him, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are also likely to retain their places from last week’s derby-day triumph against City. But the one area where the United boss may look to spring a surprise is out wide on the right.
Whilst Daniel James has enjoyed a fine debut campaign at the club – he has scored three goals and provided a further five assists – he has not found the back of the net in his previous 12 games in the Premier League. And after Mason Greenwood’s goal-scoring display against Alkmaar, Solskjaer himself admitted that the starlet is “ready” to play in the Premier League. It would be a major vote of confidence in the teenager for the Norwegian to throw him into the starting line-up on Sunday.