Man Utd team news: Expected 4-2-3-1 for Istanbul Basaksehir clash as Van de Beek starts

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hand Donny van de Beek an opportunity to impress as Manchester United look to avenge their defeat to Istanbul Baseksehir in Europe and seize control of Group H this evening (8pm kick-off). United are level on six points with RB Leipzig, who travel to France to take on Paris Saint-Germain, but suffered a shock 2-1 loss to tonight’s opponents in their previous outing earlier this month.

Solskjaer is likely to name a near full-strength line-up given United are still fighting for a place in the knockout rounds but could make several tweaks, with Van de Beek possibly one to come in from the weekend’s win over West Brom in the Premier League.

Bruno Fernandes is in fine form with seven goals and five assists in 12 games and has started all bar one of United’s 11 Premier League and Champions League matches.

While Solskjaer would love to offer the Portuguese a rest, doubt over Paul Pogba’s fitness means Fernandes could remain in the No 10 role with Van de Beek playing in a deeper-lying position.

With United looking to put Istanbul on the back foot at Old Trafford, both of the two attack-minded midfielders could start with Dutch summer signing Van de Beek coming into the side in a two-man midfield pairing alongside the returning Scott McTominay.

Pogba has not started a game since the league defeat to Arsenal at the start of the month and missed the visit of West Brom with an ankle injury.

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Solskjaer said: “I hope Paul is going to be available. He trained this morning.

“It’s still uncomfortable and [there’s] some pain, so we’ll make a decision on that in the morning [on Tuesday].”

And that could mean United opt not to risk the Frenchman from the start against the Turkish champions, with a cameo off the bench instead far more likely.

That could see Van de Beek start in central midfield with McTominay, who was only on the bench for Saturday’s defeat of West Brom at Old Trafford came on to replace Fred with six minutes remaining.

Either side of Fernandes, Marcus Rashford should keep his spot on the left having scored four goals in three games in Europe this term.

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The England international disappointed in the reverse fixture in Turkey, though he was not the only one, and will be eager to show his real quality this time out.

On the right, Mason Greenwood could make just a fourth start of the season having not been involved against West Brom, a performance which Solskjaer was not pleased with despite victory.

He said: “We’re looking forward to having Mason back, fit again and well, so hopefully we can hit some form like we did toward the end of last season.”

But through the middle, Edinson Cavani could get a shot with the veteran Uruguayan still yet to make his first start as he searches for full match sharpness.

Cavani, 33, scored his first Red Devils goal off the bench at Everton before the intentional break and played almost half-an-hour against West Brom.

He could lead the line over Anthony Martial with Cavani expected to be needed to step in for the Frenchman on a few occasions over a hectic upcoming festive fixture schedule.


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In defence, Aaron Wan-Bissaka should keep his spot at right-back with Axel Tuanzebe to his left at centre-back.

The 23-year-old only played 45 minutes in Istanbul last time out but impressed away at PSG earlier in the group stage and could start alongside captain Harry Maguire once more.

With Luke Shaw out injured, Alex Telles should stay in the side over Brandon Williams at left-back.

Solskjaer has a decision to make in goal with Dean Henderson and David de Gea both vying to be involved but the former could start between the sticks.

Pre-match, the Norwegian coach said: “I’ve been very happy with the competition that Dean has provided for David.

“Dean hasn’t put a foot wrong. He’s developing and maturing but I’m not going to give you the team now or tell you who is playing.”

And with United not playing in the Carabao Cup again until December 23, Henderson could be handed a rare start over De Gea, the de facto No 1 in the league.

Predicted Man Utd XI vs Istanbul Basaksehir (4-2-3-1) Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Telles; McTominay, Van de Beek; Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood; Cavani

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