- Manchester United hold a healthy 5-0 lead from the first leg in the Europa League
- For this reason, it is unlikely Solskjaer will start an extremely strong side
- Nigerian Odion Ighalo who missed a hefty number of minutes in the league late in the season is likely to get a start
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Manchester United’s season is far from over as they get back on the pitch on Wednesday, August 5, to take on LASK Linz in the Europa League.
Solskjaer’s men are almost certainly in the next round after establishing a 5-0 lead in the first leg before the pandemic halted football for three months.
Regardless, United still seem like the favorites in the Wednesday game on paper as statistics show they have always emerged on top against Austria-based sides.
In the 18 games where they have played against Austrian opposition, the Red Devils have only lost once, and won nine times, with eight of those occasions ending in a stalemate.
As far as team news is concerned, the likes of Luke Shaw and Alex Tuanzebe are both certain to miss the tie through injury.
Jesse Lingard, who shared a brutally honest review of his season on social media recently, is likely to get a start, while in goal, the unsettled Sergio Romero, is likely to see out the Europa League.
Because of the fairly comfortable position United find themselves in the tie, it is highly likely Solskjaer will experiment with some uncommon names in the starting 11.
In midfield, rather than going with the much stronger combination of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, it is highly likely Brazilian Fred and Scott McTominay will get the nod.
Midfielder James Garner is likely to feature for the side as he has impressed in the Europa League so far this season, while the trio of Juan Mata, Daniel James, and Odion Ighalo along with Lingard is likely to see off the Austrian side.
In-form Mason Greenwood might offer Solskjaer a difficult choice to make upfront, but considering the form of Nigerian striker Ighalo, the gaffer might as well stick with a bit more experience up front.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Brandon Williams has extended his deal at Manchester United until 2024 with the option to extend it by another year.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed playing time in his breakthrough season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, making 33 appearances for the Red Devils.
William who joined the Old Trafford outfit since he was seven-years-old is one of the 12 academy stars to have played under the Norwegian boss this season.
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