Stars rested for EFL Cup final: This Manchester United XI would beat Saint-Etienne
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Manchester United should make two changes to their starting XI for the Europa League second-leg match against Saint-Etienne.
Jose Mourinho’s side travel to France for the last 32 tie and won the home leg 3-0 at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese manager should consider resting several key players for the European match as they face Southampton in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.
They should make two changes to the side that beat Blackburn 2-1 in the FA Cup in their last game.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marouane Fellaini should come into the starting line-up, replacing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the suspended Ander Herrera.
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United are in a comfortable position in their European tie and their weakened team could still have enough quality to beat Saint-Etienne.
They could afford to rest stars such as David De Gea, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan, meaning they would all be fresh for the domestic final with Southampton.
Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones have not travelled to France for the Saint-Etienne clash and are unavailable alongside Herrera.
United should stick with the same defensive set-up that played well against Blacburn, with right-back Ashley Young particularly impressive and goalkeeper Sergio Romero continuing to be the preferred cup option.
Schweinsteiger should get a rare United appearance this season and he could dictate the ball alongside Carrick and Fellaini.
They should ease through the Saint-Etienne clash, but may have to weather the storm under a hostile atmosphere in the early stages.
United would still posses a real goal threat if they used the frontline of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, who would effectively be fighting for a starting place in the EFL Cup final.
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