Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a number of selection decisions to make ahead of the clash with Newcastle on Saturday night.

Up front Anthony Martial is suspended and Edinson Cavani unavailable, leaving Solskjaer with few options.

Odion Ighalo could lead the line if the formation stays as 4-2-3-1, but we anticipate a shift to a 3-4-1-2.

This would allow Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood to lead the line as a two.

Three at the back would enable Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof to all play together, although it is possible Axel Tuanzebe is brought in if he is fit enough, or even Luke Shaw.

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Shaw will likely make way at left-back for new signing Alex Telles – but the new addition is currently in Brazil on international duty.

This could mean Solskjaer goes with Shaw – so it is not cut and dry that Telles will start.

 

Midfield is the real dilemma

United’s best midfield consists of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, right?

Well not based on their last performance. Both players could drop out for this fixture, also with one eye on the Champions League match days later.

This is also a reason for United to go ‘all-change’ and rest Bruno Fernandes to give Donny van de Beek his first Premier League start, which is well overdue.

Scott McTominay and Fred are a duo who can be relied upon, and the latter in particular may be key to avoiding Newcastle’s press.

This is a game where United need to use the squad, and a trio of Fred, McTominay and Van de Beek proved effective in the recent cup win away to Brighton.

With Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba on the bench, United have options to change the game along with Juan Mata and Odion Ighalo if need be.

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