sport news How could line-up for their Europa League clash against Omonia trends now

sport news How could line-up for their Europa League clash against Omonia trends now
sport news How Manchester United could line-up for their Europa League clash against Omonia trends now

sport news How Manchester United could line-up for their Europa League clash against Omonia trends now

Manchester United's rejuvenation under Erik ten Hag came to a screeching halt during Sunday's dismal derby defeat by Manchester City

But the Europa League gives him an immediate opportunity to shake things up and get back on track ahead of Sunday night's Premier League trip to Everton

Therefore, all eyes will be on his team selection for Thursday's fixture against Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus. 

Manchester United's rejuvenation under Erik ten Hag completely collapsed during the derby

Manchester United's rejuvenation under Erik ten Hag completely collapsed during the derby

The Red Devils were thrashed 6-3 in the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon

Manchester United now sit sixth in the Premier League table

The Red Devils suffered an embarrassing 6-3 defeat to City in the Manchester derby on Sunday

Ten Hag will need to find the perfect balance between selecting a squad that will win the game and giving certain players time to rest following the international break. 

A victory against Omonia is a non-negotiable. United suffered a 1-0 defeat by Real Sociedad in their opening game of the Europa League on September 8. They went on to beat Sheriff 2-0 thanks to goals from Jason Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

However, getting more points on the board will be vital for not only United, but Ten Hag - who will face severe backlash if the Red Devils suffer another disappointing defeat.

Sunday's Premier League fixture with Everton will also be on Ten Hag's mind. He will be eager to rest a select number of players for the upcoming fixture as United need to pick up points domestically. 

They are currently sixth in the table - with Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham, Brighton and Chelsea all ahead of them. They can not afford to drop points against 11th place Everton. 

So, with all of that in mind, Sportsmail has taken a look at how the Red Devils could line-up for their Europa League fixture on Thursday.  

All eyes will be on Ten Hag's selection for their Europa League clash against Omonia in Cyprus

All eyes will be on Ten Hag's selection for their Europa League clash against Omonia in Cyprus

Goalkeeper

David de Gea appears to be Ten Hag's full-time No 1 goalkeeper - even in the Europa League.

The Spaniard has played every single minute of United's matches in all competitions so far this season and faces little threat from fellow stoppers Martin Dubravka and Tom Heaton.

De Gea was helpless to prevent City from running riot on Sunday and could do little to prevent Erling Haaland and Phil Foden's hat-tricks. 

He will surely keep his place on Thursday night.

Defence

Raphael Varane was withdrawn from the first half of the Manchester derby on Sunday after sustaining an ankle injury. 

The extent of the injury has not been declared and, although he hasn't been ruled out of Thursday's fixture, it seems unlikely he will play. 

Harry Maguire also missed United's clash with City due to a hamstring issue he picked up while away on international duty with England. It seems unlikely he will be thrown back in from the start in Cyprus. 

Therefore, Ten Hag will most likely select a back four comprised of Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw.

Raphael Varane was withdrawn from the first half of the Manchester derby on Sunday after sustaining an ankle injury

Maguire also missed United's Premier League clash with City due to a hamstring issue he picked up while away on international duty with England

Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire could both miss the fixture on Thursday due to injury

Shaw is expected to start after Ten Hag said he was impressed with his England performance

Shaw is expected to start after Ten Hag said he was impressed with his England performance

Shaw will come in to replace Tyrell Malacia, who struggled to contain City on Sunday after an impressive start to life in English football.

Phil Foden terrorised the 23-year-old former Feyenoord left back, who was hooked off by Ten Hag at half time. 

Meanwhile, Ten Hag said he was impressed by Shaw during the international break. 

The defender started for the Three Lions against Germany and occupied a wing-back role. His inspired performance saw him find the back of the net as England fought back to draw 3-3 with Germany. 

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