Manchester United are firmly in the driving seat ahead of their return game against Roma.
With a four-goal advantage over Paulo Fonseca’s side, it would take a comeback, or collapse, of epic proportions for United to be denied a place in the Europa League final in Gdansk later this month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take nothing for granted, of course, but a stunning 6-2 verdict in the first leg does provide him with scope to make changes for the Stadio Olimpico clash.
It’s a mindset that supporters have already taken on board, too, as they revealed which players they would like to see given a chance to impress.
Indeed, we asked Manchester Evening News readers to name their starting line-up against Roma, and they stepped into Solskjaer’s shoes by picking out the five alterations they would make from the team that lined up for last week’s game.
Goalkeeper – David de Gea
Although the Premier League clash against Liverpool did not go ahead – amid eye-catching protests which literally spilled over on to the pitch at Old Trafford – the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that United did announce the starting line-up that would have featured.
Dean Henderson returned between the posts to reaffirm his position as the club’s number one.
However, just as he has been in latter rounds of the Europa League, displaced Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea is being backed to keep hold of the gloves in Rome.
As and when United cement a place in the showpiece, it will be interesting to see which way Solskjaer and supporters go in that regard.
Defenders – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles
As far as the supporters are concerned, their presence will be needed in the Stadio Olimpico tonight, too, as United look to negotiate a safe passage through to the final.
Having recently put pen-to-paper on a new contract, Eric Bailly will remain at Old Trafford until at least 2024.
As a reward for committing his future, the Ivorian centre-back is being backed to start alongside the United skipper, while fans also want to see Alex Telles come in for Luke Shaw.
Midfielders – Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic
Even if you completely ignored the 6-2 scoreline from seven days ago, you would have a good indication as to how United fared by the choices made by supporters in this area of the pitch.
Indeed, with at least one foot in the final – in addition to an action-packed run of fixtures – Solskjaer is being urged to rest Portuguese sensation Bruno Fernandes.
A combined total of nine goals and four assists in European competition this season (Champions League and Europa League) provides further evidence of just how important he is to the United cause.
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Forwards – Amad, Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba
A new striker is thought to be top priority for Solskjaer ahead of the summer transfer window.
However, despite that – and the absence of Anthony Martial (knee) through injury – the Norwegian manager does have plenty of options to call upon in attacking quarters.
Having played through the pain barrier in recent weeks, supporters would like to see Marcus Rashford offered rest-time as he bids to combat a troublesome, long-standing ankle issue.
Surprisingly, though, the would-be absence of Rashford is not being billed as another chance for the in-form Mason Greenwood – but instead January signing Amad.
IN: Bailly, Telles, Matic, Van de Beek, Amad.
OUT: Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, Fernandes, Rashford.