Feyenoord v Manchester United: Team news, Predicted XI, Opposition focus

By Andy Hyslop

  • Start of Europa League campaign
  • United in Group A with Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and Zorya Luhansk
  • Mourinho expected to make wholesale changes

After the disappointment of losing the Manchester Derby on Saturday, United travel to Holland for the start of their Europa League campaign.

Europa League is low on the list of priorities for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. With Mourinho expected to make wholesale changes from his Premier League line-ups.

United will be tipped by many to win the competition but will first have to come through a group containing Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and Zorya Luhansk.

Team news

Mourinho has named a 20-man squad for this game. With the notable absentees being Rooney, Shaw, Valencia, Lingard and Mkhitaryan.

Shaw appears to be carrying an injury after pulling out of the England squad before the Manchester Derby. While playing in the Derby he wasn’t at his best taking off with ten minutes to play.

Mkhitaryan missed training this morning and appears to still be carrying the injury he picked up on International duty with Armenia.

As for Rooney and Valencia, they appear to be rested after playing virtually every minute of the season to date.

In Shaw and Valencia absence, Darmian, Rojo and Smalling will be looking to make their first starts of the season.

In attack there will be at least three positions up for grabs. Memphis, Mata, Martial, Rashford and Young will be fighting it out for these positions.

Predicted XI

We expect De Gea to keep his place between the sticks. While in front of him we believe Jose will opt for a back four of Darmian, Smalling, Blind and Rojo.

They could be shielded by a midfield two of Carrick and Schneiderlin. While in front of them we believe Rashford, Mata, Martial and Young will start.

Leaving Pogba, Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Ibrahimović and Memphis as possible options from the bench.

Opposition Focus

Feyenoord currently sit on top of the league in Holland. After winning all five of their opening league games. Scoring fifteen goals in the process and conceding just three.

They are currently managed by former player Giovanni van Bronckhorst. Who also had a spell playing in England for Arsenal.

He took charge of Feyenoord for the start of the 2015/16 season after working as assistant manager initially under current Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

Another familiar face in the Feyenoord ranks is former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt. Despite being 36, Kuyt will be a threat to the United defence.

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