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Paul Pogba to return? – Predicted Manchester United line-up to face Southampton

Paul Pogba Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Real Madrid
Manchester United have been linked with a swap deal involving Ronaldo and Pogba. (Getty Images)

Paul Pogba Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Real Madrid

Manchester United huffed and puffed but got the job done against Young Boys in the Champions League.

The win ensured we play in the knockout round of the competition, and our next game is a tricky away trip to Southampton.

The Red Devils need to pick up the win to keep the pressure on our top-four rivals, and Jose Mourinho could make a few changes to the team that played the Swedish side on Tuesday.

Here is our predicted line-up for United against the Saints.

Predicted Manchester United XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jose Mourinho

David de Gea (GK)

De Gea made it two cleansheets in a row and would want to add another on to his name against Southampton.

Ashley Young

Ashley Young (RB)

United played with Antonio Valencia as the right-back on Tuesday but Young should return to the side against the Saints.

Chris Smalling (CB)

Smalling helped the side keep a clean sheet and the Englishman should keep his place in the team against Southampton.

Phil Jones (CB)

Victor Lindelof picked up an injury which gave Jones a start in midweek, and the former Blackburn man should start on Saturday.

Luke Shaw (LB)

The left-back should be up to face his old side, and we could see a quality performance from Shaw at the weekend.

Nemanja Matic (CM)

Matic was another player that started against Young Boys and the Serbian could be part of our midfield trio on Saturday.

Paul Pogba (CM)

Pogba was put on the bench against Young Boys but the Frenchman has to start against Southampton as he is one of our key players.

Fred (CM)

The Brazilian got a start against Young Boys on Tuesday and should keep his place in the team.

Juan Mata Manchester United

Juan Mata (RW)

Mata was introduced into the game and could start at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku (ST)

It was a surprise seeing Lukaku on the bench and the Belgian needs to perform for the Red Devils after a lean spell this season.

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Anthony Martial (LW)

Martial wasn’t great in our win over Young Boys but should keep his place ahead of the trip to the Saints.

Written by Thomas Hein

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