Manchester United will kick start their Champions League campaign against Young Boys in Switzerland on Tuesday night and will hope for more of the same from Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 36-year-old returned to Old Trafford in style at the weekend, netting a brace in United’s comprehensive 4-1 win over Newcastle, and could be in line for a Champions League start.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to rotate slightly but will still have a very strong squad at his disposal, beginning with David de Gea in goal as Dean Henderson continues his recovery from COVID-19.
Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire should continue in defence, but there could be opportunities for both Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot to give Raphael Varane and Aaron Wan-Bissaka some respite respectively.
There could be a return to the starting XI for Fred in midfield in place of Nemanja Matic and alongside Paul Pogba, who added another two assists to his impressive beginning to this season.
Marcus Rashford remains an absentee in the attacking positions, but a goal-scoring cameo off the bench could see Jesse Lingard into the starting line-up, affording Jadon Sancho a rest.
Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood have both started the 2021/22 season in fine form and should complete the attacking midfield trio in support of Ronaldo, looking to add to the 16 Champions League goals in United red already under his belt.
Ronaldo’s last Champions League appearance for Man Utd was the defeat in the final of the competition in 2009, and he will be out to avenge those demons and set the team on their way to a positive campaign on the continent.