Solskjaer makes six changes for Wolves clash
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made six changes to his side for Tuesday’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, from the team that prevailed 2-1 over Watford at the weekend.
With seven games in April, the boss has opted to rotate his squad for the Premier League trip to Molineux, although some alterations - such as the need to replace the injured Marcus Rashford with Romelu Lukaku - were enforced.
“Some of the changes I have to make,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told MUTV ahead of the match.
“Ander [Herrera] and Rashford weren’t fit for the game. Anthony [Martial] got a knock as well. We thought he might be able to play, he will be able to come on if needed,” he added.
As usual, David De Gea starts between the sticks for the Reds, as he looks to maintain his record of playing every single minute for United in the league this season.
In front of the Spaniard, Ole welcomes back Victor Lindelof to the defence. The Swede missed Saturday’s win against Watford but is available for the midweek match in the Black Country.
Lindelof joins Chris Smalling in the heart of the back four, a unit which is completed by full-backs Ashley Young and Luke Shaw.
In midfield, Ole has opted to start with Fred and Scott McTominay, who replace Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera respectively. Fred bagged his first, and to date, only United goal in the reverse fixture earlier this campaign, while McTominay returns after missing the last two league games.
“With Scott and Fred, we’ve got fresh legs and energy in there. So, hopefully we can benefit from that,” said the boss.
At the top end of the pitch there are three changes to the side, with Lukaku replacing Rashford, who Ole confirmed is missing with an ankle injury.
Diogo Dalot also starts at Molineux instead of the injured Martial. He played the full 90 minutes in the Reds’ 2-1 defat to Wolves in the Emirates FA Cup last month, and despite naturally playing as full-back, Ole confirmed he will play in the attacking areas at Molineux.
“Diogo is more attack minded that Ashley, so you’ll see him higher up the pitch than Ashley will be,” the boss told Sky Sports.
Jesse Lingard is the final change. He comes in for Juan Mata and makes his first league start since the 1-0 win against Leicester City at the beginning of February.
Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendocker, Neves, Vinagre; Moutinho, Jimenez, Jota.
Subs: Ruddy, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Otto, Saiss, Adama.
United: De Gea; Young(C), Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Dalot, Lukaku, Lingard.
Subs: Romero, Jones, Rojo, Andreas, Matic, Mata, Martial.
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