Manchester United face Feyenoord in the Europa League at Old Trafford on Thursday night knowing that a win will leave them well placed to qualify from Group A.
The Red Devils are currently third behind their opponents and first-placed Fenerbahce, but victory will mean they leapfrog the Dutch side ahead of the final round of group matches.
Jose Mourinho has spoken about how unlucky his team have been in recent matches, particularly on Saturday against Arsenal when they dominated the game only to be denied all three points by Olivier Giroud’s last-gasp equaliser.
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In light of such a positive performance it is unlikely that the Portuguese boss will make major changes to his starting XI as he looks to build some momentum heading into a packed Christmas fixture list.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to the line-up after serving a one-match domestic suspension against the Gunners; the Swede will be staying with United until the end of the 2017-18 season after the club took up the option to extend his contract.
The former Paris Saint-Germain star is likely to replace Marcus Rashford up front, whilst Anthony Martial could also drop out for forgotten-man Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
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Elsewhere, the midfield three of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba should remain the same as Marouane Fellaini continues to struggle with a calf strain; he is a doubt for this one.
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In defence, Matteo Darmian filled in at left-back for the visit of Arsenal but looked out of place and was lucky not to be shown a red card following a series of late tackles.
Daley Blind was bought on for the Italian midway through the second half and the utility man may find himself in from the start on Thursday.
Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and James Wilson are all sidelined through injury.
United have performed well recently without the results to show for it, but getting three points is all that counts here with their European campaign on the line.
Possible Man Utd starting XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Carrick, Herrera, Pogba; Mata, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan