Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players are looking to end their season on a high with some silverware and will book their place in next week’s final with victory this weekend.
Manchester United are back in Europa League action on Sunday night as they face Sevilla in the last four.
United have progressed to the final from each of their last four semi-final appearances in major European competition (2007/08, 2008/09 & 2010/11 UEFA Champions League and 2016/17 UEFA Europa League), winning the trophy on two of those four occasions.
In terms of early team news Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are all out having been omitted from the squad due to injuries but Sergio Romero is expected to start in goal.
United look shattered but have at least had a six-day gap between games, even if it has largely been spent in a hotel in Cologne. Recalling Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic would be logical even though Eric Bailly and Fred did not disgrace themselves against Copenhagen. Sergio Romero deserves to continue.
Marcus Rashford is effectively starting by virtue of no standout alternative, which makes the Jadon Sancho saga all the more relevant. United have little choice but to persist with the bulk of the first XI Solskjaer settled on in June and July but need to be swifter in making changes to effect the game, if needed.
After the unusual luxury of a six-day break United have no reason not to select their strongest XI against the most experienced side left in the competition, with a couple of changes required from the team which edged past Copenhagen.
Romero should keep his place in goal while Lindelof and Matic are the obvious changes after shaky displays from both Bailly and Fred against weaker opponents in the quarter final.
Mata is the one player most unlucky to miss out on a starting place after his remarkable impact earlier in the week but he represents the perfect option to bring off the bench and possibly decide the fixture.