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How Manchester United could line up against Chelsea

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for Saturday's Premier League showdown with Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Manchester United will be looking to back up their impressive Champions League win away to Paris Saint-Germain when they return to Premier League action on Saturday.

The big games keep coming for the Red Devils, who welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford just four days after goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford earned them victory over last season's Champions League runners-up.

That victory was made all the more impressive by the injury troubles Man United were forced to overcome, some of which will still hamper them for Chelsea's visit.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could line his side up for the contest.

Possible MNU XI vs. CHE

Out: Anthony Martial (suspended), Eric Bailly (muscle), Jesse Lingard (knock)
Doubtful: Edinson Cavani (fitness), Mason Greenwood (knock), Harry Maguire (muscle)

> Click here for Manchester United's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Edinson Cavani could be in line for his debut this weekend after being denied the chance of a quick return to the Parc des Princes when he was left out of the travelling party for Tuesday's win over PSG.

Anthony Martial is unavailable as he serves the second of his three-match domestic ban, leaving Solskjaer to choose whether Cavani is fit enough to start or whether to play Rashford in a central role once again.

Harry Maguire joined Cavani in remaining at home for the midweek Champions League trip, although his muscle problem is not thought to be serious and he could make a swift return for this match.

Solskjaer then has another decision to make as to whether to stick with the three-man defence which served them so well at PSG or revert to the more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation.

Either way, Axel Tuanzebe will be hopeful of keeping his starting spot after producing a much-lauded display against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and co on what was his first appearance for 10 months.

Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw could be the players to miss out if Solskjaer does go back to a four-man defence, with Alex Telles in line for his Premier League debut.

Fred has seemingly moved above Paul Pogba in the pecking order since the 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before the international break and could therefore retain his place in this match, although Pogba is pushing for a return.

There is also a question mark over the availability of Mason Greenwood, who has missed the last two matches with an unspecified knock amid concurrent reports that his discipline has been called into question at Old Trafford.

Tuesday night's match-winner Rashford scored twice in the corresponding fixture last season and now has four goals in his last three meetings with Chelsea, while Bruno Fernandes has directly contributed to more goals than any other Premier League player since his debut in February - both in the league alone and across all competitions.

> Click here to see how Chelsea could line up for this contest

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