Manchester United midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred have high chances of starting against Omonia on Thursday in the Europa League.
Man United started with a strong team and won Omonia 3-2 in Cyprus but Erik ten Hag is expected to weaken his side against the Cyprus side on Thursday.
Scott McTominay, who came off the bench twice against Omonia and Everton in the Europa League and Premier League respectively, is expected to start in the midfield against the Cypriot side on Thursday.
The Scotland international received his fifth booking just after eight games this season so far against Everton on Sunday night and he’s set on missing the Newcastle United clash due to suspension.
McTominay has been decent this season. And as a result, Ten Hag wouldn’t mind starting the Scot for the first time since Manchester United’s 6-3 defeat at Manchester City two weekends ago.
Fred has also impressed whenever he comes on. He started against Real Sociedad in the Europa League last month, although he was played out of position. He was an unused substitute against Everton but was a late sub at Man City.
Erik ten Hag wouldn’t mind starting both Scott McTominay and Fred in the midfield against Omonia and should that be the turnout on Thursday, it would be the first time since the Brighton & Hove Albion defeat the pair started in the midfield.
Both Fred and McTominay in the midfield would be good enough for Manchester United to beat Omonia and move a step closer to qualifying for the next round.
Ten Hag understands Man United will welcome in-form Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the Premier League three days after the Omonia clash and knows resting the likes of Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes on Thursday would be a good idea as he needs energy in the team against the Magpies this weekend.
Eddie Howe’s side are heading into the Theatre of Dreams in full confidence, having won their last two matches by 4-1 each.
Manchester United are also in top form, having won five from their last six league matches, including last weekend’s 2-1 win at Everton.