Jose Mourinho is expected to make a raft of changes to his Manchester United side for their final Europa League Group A match against Zorya Luhansk.

United go into Thursday night’s clash needing just a draw against the Ukrainian minnows to qualify for the knockout stages.

Zorya have picked up just two points so far in the group and Mourinho will be confident that his fringe players can come in and get the result that the Red Devils need.

Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Michael Carrick, who all started the 1-1 draw against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, have not been included in the travelling squad.

Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and the unregistered Bastian Schweinsteiger have also been left at home, whilst Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are still recovering from injury.

Sergio Romero is likely to replace David de Gea in goal; the Argentine has made just three appearances for the club so far this season.

On what Mourinho has described as a ‘bad’ pitch it would seem doubtful that Eric Bailly will make his comeback from injury, leaving Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo to continue their centre-half partnership.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Daley Blind are expected to deputise in the full-back positions on the right and left respectively.

In central midfield Mourinho’s options are limited, particularly with Carrick, Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger all missing, so Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba should keep their places.

This would leave no space for Marouane Fellaini, who felt the wrath of the Old Trafford faithful on social media at the weekend when he gifted Everton a late penalty with a clumsy challenge just minutes after entering the fray as a substitute.

Wayne Rooney missed Sunday’s meeting with his former club through suspension, but could return up front here with Zlatan Ibrahimovic the man to be rested.

Behind the England striker there are likely to be starts for Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, who were all on the bench against the Toffees.

With the winners of the Europa League now gaining automatic qualification to the Champions League the following season, Mourinho may now see this as his best opportunity to return United to Europe’s premier club competition.

The Red Devils sit nine points adrift of fourth place in the Premier League having won just five of fourteen matches in England’s top division.

Whichever XI the Portuguese boss sees fit to play, he will be expecting them to get the job done comfortably and ease United into the knockout rounds.

Possible Man Utd starting XI (4-2-3-1): Romero; Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Herrera, Pogba; Mata, Lingard, Rashford; Rooney


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