How Manchester United should line up vs Derby in pre-season fixture

The early team news and possible line-ups as Man Utd visit Derby for their first pre-season game this weekend.


Manchester United play the first game of their pre-season schedule against Derby on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds' players not involved at this summer's European Championship have returned to training and have been preparing for the clash under the watchful eye of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which means most of United's usual starting XI won't be available.

Mason Greenwood, Alex Telles, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Axel Tuanzebe are among those from the first team that will be able to feature against Wayne Rooney's Derby, while Shola Shoretire, Anthony Elanga and Hannibal Mejbri are also available.

Solskjaer has said United's youngsters will play an important role in the club's pre-season games before any loan deals can be looked at, which suggests we could see a relatively fresh-faced United side away at Pride Park on Sunday for the 13:00 GMT kick-off.

Which players will Solskjaer pick against Derby? Well, here is how our writers think United should line up...

Samuel Luckhurst

United might as well play their strongest possible side available. Dean Henderson can have a first fulfilling pre-season with the club and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles are full-backs who have received international recognition. There is little choice but to go with Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi at centre half.

There is little to experiment with so many influential players still unavailable, so Nemanja Matic and James Garner is the logical axis behind Juan Mata, with Mason Greenwood supported by Anthony Elanga and Facundo Pellistri.

Six academy graduates start
Six academy graduates start

Dominic Booth

It's worth United taking a look at some of the players who will likely head out on loan, before a batch of the first-teamers report for duty later in the month.

Tahith Chong and Teden Mengi will both play Championship football next season, so to see them tested against that level of opponent would be a worthwhile exercise.

Andreas Pereira may be heading for the permanent exit door at United, but again it's worth seeing him in action — for Solskjaer to make a decision on his future. The same can be said of Jesse Lingard, so he can come on for Pereira at some stage. Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata should probably captain a half each, getting 45 minutes of action apiece.

Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga are ones for the future, Mason Greenwood, Alex Telles and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all need some football after having time off, while one debut in the first pre-season game is surely mandatory, so Tom Heaton gets that nod.

Steven Railston

Dean Henderson has made his recovery from injury and he can start in goal here ahead of new signing Tom Heaton.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka's and Alex Telles' experience will be important in helping Teden Mengi in defence, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can use his trusted 4-2-3-1 formation, with James Garner offered an opportunity to impress after his successful Nottingham Forest loan.

Juan Mata can play in attacking midfield in the first game after his contract extension was announced and Facundo Pellistri and Anthony Elanga can support Mason Greenwood from the flanks in an incredibly youthful United attack.


Source:https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-united-derby-team-news-21067782





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