Man United vs Borussia Dortmund: Potential XI with Mata and Mkhitaryan

by Leo Nieboer

Juan Mata missed out on Jose Mourinho’s first starting XI against Wigan on Saturday but will be keen to earn a place in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on 22 July.

The 28-year-old, amid reports of an impending departure, produced a confident display after coming on in the second half, providing the assist for Will Keane‘s goal. He has certainly earned an opportunity to show Mourinho what he can do in the No.10 role.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who took Wigan to pieces at No.10, undoubtedly deserves to keep his place and should get the chance to display his creative panache cutting in from the right hand side.

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Marcos Rojo recently returned from his holiday following his Copa America exploits and will be keen to both pick up some much needed minutes and impress Mourinho.

With Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger all still on holiday, Timothy Fosu-Mensah deserves the chance to display his capacity as a central midfielder alongside Ander Herrera.

The 18-year-old, used as a defender so far in his senior career, has featured in midfield on several occasions for both the Dutch Under 20s and United Under 21s. For such a bright future prospect, giving Fosu-Mensah a chance to excel in that area makes sense.

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