Ten Hag boldly ditches Sancho, unleashes 5 ft 9 “game changer”: Predicted Man Utd XI

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The conclusion of the season for Manchester United appears to be quite busy as Erik ten Hag’s team is scheduled to play Sevilla in the Europa League today evening, only a few days before they face Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley in the FA Cup semifinal.

The demanding Dutchman will still be eager to advance against the La Liga squad, having seen his side drop to a 2-2 draw in the first-leg at Old Trafford, even though that latter game may well factor into the United manager’s thoughts with regard to his team selection later today.

That deadlock ended up costing the Red Devils dearly as Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez were both forced from the game due to injuries; the latter player is now done for the year; and vital midfielder Bruno Fernandes received an odd yellow card that will prevent him from traveling to Andalusia due to suspension.

A more encouraging development is that four of the club’s injured stars, including Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, and Marcel Sabitzer, who pulled up during warm-up at the City Ground, have traveled to Seville after missing the weekend match against Nottingham Forest.

In light of this, Football FanCast has projected the exact starting lineup for the Carabao Cup champions this evening.

What starting lineup will Man United use when they play Sevilla?

4-3-3: De Gea (GK), Wan-Bissaka (RB), Maguire (CB), Lindelof (CB), Dalot (LB), Eriksen (CM), Fred (CM), Casemiro (CDM), Pellissier (LW), Martial (ST), Antony (RW).

We anticipate that only two changes will be made from the team that defeated Steve Cooper’s team 2-0 on Sunday. Ten Hag might need to resist the urge to welcome Shaw back too soon, especially given that the Englishman might be needed at center back against the Seagulls due to Harry Maguire’s suspension.

Diogo Dalot, who helped secure the victory late against Forest, will continue to play as an unconventional left-back, and Fred, a Brazil international, could join Casemiro and Christian Eriksen in the middle of the field. The 30-year-old is expected to step in for the absent Fernandes.

The offensive lineup may have seen the most significant change, with Jadon Sancho appearing to have good reason to be removed from the starting lineup after once again being the ‘quietest’ forward player during the weekend, according to Jack Gallagher of 90 Minutes.

Sancho’s spot could be filled by young Facundo Pellistri, with the 5 foot 9 “game changer,” as previously hailed by journalist Nico Cantor, having the chance to make just his second start for the Red Devils. It may be too soon to rush his compatriot Rashford back into the fold from the start as the club’s leading scorer will be needed this weekend.

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