Manchester United could have Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay in their squad to face Newcastle.
United host the side managed by their former captain Steve Bruce on Sunday, looking to continue their Europa League form into Premier League action.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hammered Real Sociedad 4-0 on Thursday night, though they did it without the injured Van de Beek and Cavani, and with McTominay replaced having gone into the game with a knock. Solskjaer said all three players “have a chance” of being fit to face Newcastle at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba remains sidelined with injury.
United are certain to make changes as they try to manage their hectic schedule this season.
Here, our United writers have their say on how Solskjaer should line his side up for the game:
Dean Henderson needs to start playing in the league and so does Eric Bailly. Luke Shaw is a logical recall and so is Edinson Cavani, provided he is fit.
Scott McTominay-Fred is not as risk-aversive or defensive a midfield partnership as it seems. McTominay has as many goals as Cavani and Anthony Martial this season and should be given license to support the attack on a day when United could have a record amount of possession in a game at Old Trafford.
If Cavani is absent then United should retain Daniel James with Mason Greenwood through the middle.
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Both Henderson and Bailly did enough against Sociedad to warrant a league start ahead of the shaky De Gea and Lindelof, so Shaw ought to be the only change to the back five.
Van de Beek, if fit, should be fresh enough to come into the midfield at the expense of McTominay, who could do with a rest. Fred tends to be United’s most energetic player so doesn’t need a rest at this stage.
Going forward, Fernandes, Rashford and Greenwood are non-negotiables behind a No.9 striker.
Cavani should be the man to lead the line against a deep-set defence, so if fit he should start with Daniel James and Martial on the bench.