Anthony Martial finally made his Manchester United comeback from the bench in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

He had started the season in hot form, leading the line for United with Marcus Rashford cutting in from the left, before picking up a thigh injury.

Rashford was the central striker during the Frenchman’s absence but struggled. Now Martial is back, is it a clear cut decision? How will it work?

Play them as a pair?

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United unleashed a 3-5-2 system against the table-toppers, with Dan James playing out of position as a wide striker.

With Martial back, Solskjaer would have the option of fielding his two best goalscorers as a pacy front two if he stuck with the new-look system.

The potential downsides? That system was reactive, and therefore potentially unsuitable for taking on lesser sides with deeper defences.

Also, where would it leave James? He has been United’s brightest attacker this season and does not deserve to be dropped.


Who should be the sole striker?

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Martial’s hold up play in the early weeks of the season was better than Rashford’s and the Englishman also looked like he was growing tired of playing through the middle before Sunday.

The Frenchman played smart wall passes into Paul Pogba, using his body well and looked better suited to playing centrally than Rashford did.

By contrast, Rashford showed on England duty against Bulgaria he’s more comfortable getting the ball out wide in space and driving forward.

When Martial plays out wide, it seems as if Martial loses interest and drifts out of games, slowing the pace of his dribbling too frequently.

If Solskjaer returns to a lone striker system, it is Martial who should lead the line against Norwich on Sunday and thereafter.

Mason Greenwood may get a chance to stake his claim in the Europa League this week, to give Solskjaer a positive dilemma.

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