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Six players who will be the key of Manchester United’s Europa League efforts

Manchester United star Eric Bailly

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Manchester United ended Premier League campaign with a third-place finish and earned a Champions League qualification for next season. However, they still have to compete in the lower-ranked Europa League this season.

United can field a slightly weakened side, to save some of the regular starters for the 2020/21 season. They have won their first game against LASK with a 5-0 score and therefore, he could use an experimental squad against them in the second leg of the last-16 stage. A few youngsters will get their chances, with Tahith Chong, Teden Mengi and James Garner among those hoping to impress.

After that will be a quarter-final against either Copenhagen and Istanbul Basaksehir. It will be a crucial clash, a knockout tie with a place in the last four on the line. But boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could give a needing rest to Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.

Instead, Solskjaer will look at six players to anchor the Europa League efforts around.

Sergio Romero has been United’s Europa League goalkeeper for almost the entire tournament so far and he is expected to play in the upcoming fixtures. Eric Bailly, meanwhile, has not played many games and has just one Premier League start. Those games will be a chance for him to impress.

Scott McTominay started only two league games since the start of the season and he will be given the chance in the Europa League. Another player of the season candidate who lost steam after the restart, Fred only started one league game.

Juan Mata previously shined against Bruges and LASK. His experience will be vital, and he is also rested. And finally, this is the ideal tournament for Odion Ighalo to impress.

These six players will form the heart of the team for the quarter-final, while the likes of Jesse Lingard, Dan James, Andreas Pereira and Diogo Dalot shine then they can force their way in.

Source: unitedinfocus