In a surprising turn of events, Jonny Evans, who rejoined Old Trafford over the summer to provide valuable experience, is making his first start for Manchester United since 2015. This decision comes as a result of Ten Hag’s limited defensive options. Evans will be paired with Victor Lindelof in the back four, alongside Diogo Dalot and Sergio Reguilon, who has made quite an impression since his summer transfer.
The Starting Lineup Unveiled: A Glimpse of Ten Hag’s Strategy
The complete Manchester United starting lineup for this game is as follows: Onana; Dalot, Lindelof, Evans, Reguilon; McTominay, Casemiro; Hannibal, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.
Injury Woes Continue: The Absences of Martinez and Varane
Martinez, who would have been a likely starter for this Saturday’s match, is unavailable due to an injury, joining fellow center-back Raphael Varane on the treatment table. Notably, Harry Maguire, who might have been considered as cover, is not even included in the squad.
Manager Ten Hag provided insight into Evans’ selection, stating, “He’s calm, he knows the work, and he knows what to do. He will get the job done to replace Lisandro, who’s injured.”
High Hopes for Evans: A Chance to Shine
Both Jonny Evans and the Manchester United supporters who have made the journey to Turf Moor will be hoping for a solid performance that can contribute to a victory. This comes on the heels of the team’s disappointing loss to Brighton last weekend, making a positive result crucial.