Manchester United expected 4-3-3 v Saint-Etienne: Pogba returns in four changes
By Dominic Toner
Jose Mourinho could make four changes to his Manchester United side on Wednesday night for the second-leg of their Europa League tie with Saint-Etienne.
The Red Devils won the first meeting 3-0 at Old Trafford and are strong favourites to progress from the round of 32 tie.
United could make four changes from the team that beat Blackburn 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday, which could see central midfielder Paul Pogba back in the team.
Pogba could be joined by team-mates Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata in the starting line-up.
That would mean Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan drop to the bench.
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Mourinho may have one eye on Sunday’s EFL Cup final with Southampton and could rest several key players with the European match already heavily in United’s favour.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be held back for the cup final, while David De Gea could also return to the starting XI at the weekend.
Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones have not travelled to France for the Saint-Etienne clash, while Ander Herrera is suspended.
Sergio Romero is set to continue in goal as the cup goalkeeper and he has managed to keep six clean sheets in just eight appearances this season.
Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian may continue in the full-back positions, meaning Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind are rested ahead of the EFL Cup final.
Chris Smalling and Bailly could be paired together again at centre-back, while Pogba, Fellaini and Michael Carrick make up the midfield trio in front of them.
Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford could make up the frontline, with the latter scoring in the recent win over Blackburn.
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