Manchester United Football Club was jolted back to reality over the weekend, losing 6-3 to fierce rivals Manchester City. Above all, it demonstrates that Erik ten Hag will require time to fully implement his style.
In the short term, all eyes will be on the Europa League. United will need to win here to put themselves firmly in contention to make it out of the group with one win and one loss so far.
Omonia FC is the next test – a Cypriot side looking to upset the apple cart. No doubt their fans will get behind them in this one, making it a relatively difficult contest.
Anyway, the team news is now in, with Ten Hag set to ring the changes here in order to give some minutes to his fringe players.
Tom Heaton deserves the chance to impress, so throw him into it here and see what he’s got to offer.
The back four will look very different. Luke Shaw looks like a certainty to start in this one over in the left-back slot, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka should play over on the right. Lisandro Martinez keeps his place in the team, while Victor Lindelof comes in for the injured Raphael Varane.
Fred and Casemiro have largely been rooted to the bench this season. Both looked decent against City when they came on, so give them an opportunity here. Bruno Fernandes starts, and captains, United
Cristiano Ronaldo has been declared surplus to requirements for the January transfer window, but he could start here. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are to his right and left, respectively.