Crucial Champions League Showdown for Manchester United
In a pivotal Champions League group stage clash, Manchester United faces Galatasaray away from home today.
Fresh off a commanding 3-0 league victory against Everton, where Alejandro Garnacho scored a stunning overhead kick and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial sealed the points, Manager Erik ten Hag is aiming for a similar outcome against the Turkish champions.
United currently holds three points in Group A, trailing behind Copenhagen and Galatasaray with one point. With the two rivals facing each other on the last matchday, United finds themselves in a must-win situation to boost their qualification hopes.
Andre Onana, who has been a consistent presence in goal since his summer switch from Inter Milan, is expected to start. His remarkable save against Everton showcased his improving form.
In the backline, there might be one change from the previous win. Aaron Wan-Bissaka could replace Diogo Dalot as the right-back, providing a stronger defensive presence. Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Luke Shaw are likely to retain their positions.
Kobbie Mainoo, impressive in his full Premier League debut, is set to continue in the holding midfield role. Alongside him, Scott McTominay is expected to start, compensating for the absence of creative players Mason Mount and Christian Eriksen due to injuries.
In the final third, Marcus Rashford’s absence on the right wing opens the door for Antony to step in. Rasmus Hojlund, who boasts five goals in Europe this season, could replace Martial up front. The attacking trio is likely to feature Bruno Fernandes and Alejandro Garnacho, offering a potent offensive threat.
The potential starting lineup for Manchester United in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Galatasaray:
Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Mainoo, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Hojlund.