I don’t think Lindelof will start to be honest, I think he’ll be on the bench again, although Bailly is out again so there is a chance.
Looking through the travelling squad, Rojo and Shaw are back in the picture. Fellaini, Pogba and Carrick still out so got to be Matic and Herrera again in the middle unless Jose places some trust in McTominay or Tuanzebe which is unlikely.
Assume it'll be Herrera & Matic again with Mata/Mhiki/Rashford behind Lukaku, wouldn't rule out Lingard getting a start maybe instead of Mhiki who I hear struggled on Saturday but that's just the way he is will always be a bit hot and cold.
Benfica have got to go for it the way the first 2 games have gone for them. That might play into our hands on the counter. I agree with the comments above might be a game for Lingard to do something quick on the break.
We can potentially almost have a foot in the knockout stages here so a win would be massive.
Would be bold wouldn't it to throw Shaw in here? I mean 9 points out of 9 and the other taking points off each other would be ideal come late Wednesday night. Not saying Shaw isn't good enough for Benfica, just a risk when their best players are wide players and full backs. We've got Huddersfield and Swansea on the horizon which would maybe be a better time to see what his like.
Yeah would be a touch bold and guess Jose isn’t renowned for his boldness. Totally forgot about the league cup coming up, that’d be a more credible game to put Shaw back in. Along with Rojo you would suggest.
Anyone watch the Portuguese league? Benfica used to be a tough nut to crack but from what I’ve heard they are a little weak these days. They’ve obviously lost a lot of talent the last few years in the guise of Sanches, Guedes, Andre Gomes and Bernardo Silva. So wouldn’t expect them to be a little weaker.
I was surprised by their results early on but they've lost key defensive players this summer with Ederson, Lindelof & Semiedo all leaving so that seems to be where the problem lies for them right now, maybe a case that you can only afford to keep losing players for so long before your luck eventually runs out as they've dominated in Portugal for a few seasons now.
He may go for a back 3 and play Lindelof, Smalling & Jones but not sure how he'd then be able to use the wing backs I guess Valencia would start on the right then maybe Blind or Young on the left? Shaw played on Sunday for the U23s so would be a surprise to see him start but he's travelled with the squad so who knows.
Utd not playing well Herrera, Mhiki, Mata all to slow with their passing, Rashford has struggled to create anything against their pacey full back and Lukaku has hardly had a touch no supply what so ever.
I'd hook Mhiki and get Martial on and get Mata central need to go for these guys down the wings we'll never break through the middle.
Missing Pogba a lot tonight with Matic he gives us so much control in midfield.