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Man United set for major rotation: Possible line up vs Leicester

Man United set for major rotation: Possible line up vs Leicester

Solskjaer provides Maguire update

Manchester United have experienced some of the worst possible luck during their congestive fixture period.

Against Aston Villa, captain Harry Maguire injured his ankle and needed to be replaced.

Man United set for major rotation: Possible line up vs Leicester

TOPSHOT – Manchester United’s English defender Harry Maguire (R) tangles with Aston Villa’s Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi (L) resulting in an injury that sees Maguire substituted during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on May 9, 2021. (Photo by NICK POTTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The England international has been a mainstay in the United defence and missing games is described by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as ‘unheard of’ but the Norwegian warned they could be without him for a ‘few weeks.’

“Harry has been excellent and it’s almost unheard of, the minutes he’s played without missing him. We’ve a [Europa League] final to look forward to and hopefully it will be with Harry; it might be a few weeks, it might be a couple of days, we don’t know. Hopefully it won’t be too bad, but I’m not a doctor, and we’ve got to scan him on Monday,” said Solskjaer

“He may be available on Thursday [against Liverpool], but I don’t know, it might be longer. I’ll tell you more on Thursday.”

Eric Bailly was the man brought on in his place to partner Victor Lindelöf which could become a regular pairing in Maguire’s stead.

United set for heavy rotation

With the injury and fixture scheduling in mind, Solskjaer is expected to make heavy changes.

Fortunately for the Norwegian, he has plenty of options available to him.

The Times suggests that, should he want to, Solskjaer could easily field an entirely second-string squad:

United have a strong bench and could easily field a line-up of: De Gea — Brandon Williams, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles — Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek — Amad Diallo, Juan Mata, Dan James (if fit), and Greenwood.

Man United set for major rotation: Possible line up vs Leicester

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 09: Mason Greenwood of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on May 09, 2021 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The focus will be on the Liverpool match more so than Leicester one would think.

Whilst United’s top-4 position is confirmed, a win over their fierce rivals would severely damage their chances of making the top 4 and therefore be without Champions League football for next season.

Something United fans would be very keen on.

Fantasy implications

Many players of Fantasy Football may now be wondering if their picks will be justified.

The likes of Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka appear safe bets due to their importance in the team.

Likewise could be said of Bruno Fernandes, but with Donny van der Beek available, there is always the chance he could come in.

Man United set for major rotation: Possible line up vs Leicester

Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their first goal to equalise 1-1 during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on May 9, 2021. (Photo by NICK POTTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Henderson in goal is an interesting one. David De Gea starred against Roma but Solskjaer has persisted with Henderson in the league and there is the possibility he could play all three matches.

However, the centre-back pairing seems a solid option now unless Axel Tuanzebe is given another opportunity. Many United fans will be excited to see if star youngster Amad Diallo gets given a chance.

Fantasy wise, however, Diallo would be a very lowly picked choice.

Rodgers on Maddison pick for Leicester

Brenden Rodgers faces some difficult choices knowing the pressure in increasing on top 4 hopes.

James Maddison is still recovering from an injury and Rodgers explained his hesitance in selecting the England international.

“He’s not 100 per cent, that’s something I said before, he’s not up to game speed,” he said.

Man United set for major rotation: Possible line up vs Leicester

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: James Maddison of Leicester City goes down injured during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park on February 21, 2021 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“The problem is you’ve got to give them the minutes and game-time to try to get there, likewise with Ricky.

“These are things that we need to consider coming into these last important games now. He (Maddison) will have an important role to play for us, but we need to ensure we have the player that is going to give us that effect within the game.”

Should United rotate heavily as discussed, Rodgers may look at this game alongside the competitive Chelsea and Spurs fixtures as the most winnable despite the contrast in league position.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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