Manchester United team news: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could look against Cardiff City with academy stars included

Manchester United are set for an extensive overhaul in the summer following a disappointing season on the pitch.

The highest they can finish is fifth, which means they will be playing in the Europa League next season.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make big changes at Old Trafford in the summer
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Jose Mourinho was sacked in December and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was subsequently appointed as manager after his impressive caretaker spell.

He is likely to be given money to spend in the summer and several players will no doubt be heading for the exit.

Speculation has already grown about who might be leaving Old Trafford following Sunday’s final match of the Premier League season.

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Ander Herrera looks set to leave Manchester United in the summer
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Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are both out of contract and look set to leave on a free transfer.

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are rumoured to be heading for the exit with uncertainty also over the future of goalkeeper David De Gea.

While a number of players will no doubt be bought in big money transfers, the club do have some promising youngsters who could be come to the fore.

Six academy players were promoted to first-team training ahead of the final match against already relegated Cardiff and some are now set to start.

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Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Dylan Levitt join Man United’s first team training
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These players were; Angel Gomes, Dylan Levitt, Arnau Puigmal, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Tahith Chong.

And rather than giving some players a send off, manager Solskjaer is considering using the match to blood some of the wonderkids coming through their system

Here is how the team could look with some of their academy stars in the team alongside some established players.

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Goalkeeper

There has been speculation that David De Gea will leave in the summer with some of his recent performances coming into question but he’s still likely to start, although Lee Grant could get some minutes thanks to his service at Old Trafford over the last year.

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David de Gea’s Manchester United future is uncertain
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Defence

At right-back, Antonio Valencia is leaving the club and, if fit, should play one last time after 10 years at the club.

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Elsewhere, Luke Shaw picked up the club’s Players’ Player of the Year award and should start again, while Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling are likely to get the nod too.

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Axel Tuanzebe is set for a big future at Old Trafford
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Midfield

The biggest change for United in the summer will be in their midfield as both Herrera and Mata are out of contract.

There is speculation that Real Madrid will sign Paul Pogba but the Red Devils may have to lower their £160million asking price.

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Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United in the summer
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Scott McTominay should play as his importance is growing at Old Trafford and he could help youngster James Garner, 18, who has been compared to a young Michael Carrick, bed in against the Bluebirds from the start.

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Scott McTominay could be a greater role next season while Juan Mata’s contract is up in the summer

Another home-grown talent who could be set for a bigger role next season is 18-year-old Angel Gomes, who has often been described as their next big star and he will almost certainly feature at some point.

Attack

Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku may both miss out while, with recent rumours suggesting that Anthony Martial will be moved on, it’s unlikely the Frenchman will play much of a part.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard might play and could be joined by highly-rated youngster Tahith Chong.

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Tahith Chong may get his chance at United

Chong has made several appearances this season and has impressed with fans wanting to see him play a bigger part, while Mason Greenwood, despite recent injury issues is being groomed for a bigger role by Solskjaer, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he started.

Either way, the Norwegian’s team selection on Sunday should make for interesting reading, whether it’s thanks to the starlets or the outgoing first-teamers.

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