After Manchester United’s disappointing performance against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League, their chances of a positive outcome in their upcoming Champions League match against Bayern Munich may seem slim. United has had a troubled start to the season and has been surrounded by off-pitch controversies.
The match against the formidable Bundesliga side, led by the impressive Harry Kane, presents two possible approaches: a defensive strategy to limit damage or an assertive one considering it a free opportunity in a game where United isn’t the favorite to win. Manager Erik ten Hag’s choice will shape the starting lineup accordingly.
Our expectation is that Ten Hag will adopt a more assertive approach and field a strong, attacking side. Here’s our predicted starting lineup:
Goalkeeper: Andre Onana
– Right Back: Diogo Dalot (assuming Aaron Wan-Bissaka is unavailable)
– Left Back: Sergio Reguilon
– Center Backs: Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof (or Raphael Varane if fit)
– Defensive Midfield: Casemiro
– Midfield: Christian Eriksen
– Attacking Midfield: Bruno Fernandes
– Right Wing: Alejandro Garnacho (or Facundo Pellistri)
– Striker: Rasmus Hojlund
– Left Wing: Marcus Rashford
While the absence of Antony and Jadon Sancho creates opportunities for young talents like Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri, Rasmus Hojlund is expected to lead the attack with Marcus Rashford on the opposite flank. This front three has the potential to be an exciting young force in world football.
Mason Mount is also nearing a return from injury and could feature in a wide position if available.
Overall, we anticipate a lineup similar to the one used on Saturday, with Scott McTominay likely making way for a winger. However, the bench could be strengthened with the likes of Mount, Sofyan Amrabat, Raphael Varane, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka providing additional options.