FC Zorya vs Manchester United: Eric Bailly returns for Jose Mourinho’s side

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United XI vs FC Zorya: Romero, Young, Bailly, Rojo, Blind, Pogba, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Mata, Ibrahimović

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini

Eric Bailly will make his first start for Manchester United since injuring his knee ligaments in the 4-0 loss away to Chelsea.

Ashley Young comes in at right-back ahead of Timothy Fosu-Mensah much to the surprise of many Man United fans but other than that it is a very strong line-up from Jose Mourinho.

United just need to see out a comfortable and professional win tonight against weak opposition. The conditions will be tough but the priority is simple – avoid defeat. It’s not like the Champions League where finishing top or second can make such a huge difference to the first knockout game and with Spurs on Sunday avoiding injuries is a must.

Resting David de Gea from throwing himself about on a frozen pitch looks like a smart move too. Here’s hoping United can just see this game out without fuss.

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