An exciting front three United could pick v Leipzig

Manchester United have three forwards in need of game time to face RB Leipzig.

One way for United to address this is to pick all of them; Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani, and Mason Greenwood.

This would involved United going with a 4-2-3-1 formation, and selecting Cavani as a central striker.

This would involve some sacrifice from Anthony Martial.

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Martial has blossomed as a central striker, scoring 23 goals last season to finish as top scorer last season, wearing his favoured number nine shirt once again.

He has also hit a wall early on this season, failing to register a shot on target in four games. New signing Cavani deserves his chance to lead the attack.

Martial may have to play out of the left to accommodate Cavani, with Marcus Rashford due a rest.

United have enough varied options to use Rashford from the bench and rotate the strikers.

Picking Martial on the left would create a narrative of its own, and leave the Frenchman worried he could be moved here permanently as Jose Mourinho did once Zlatan Ibrahimovic and then Romelu Lukaku took up central striker roles.

Martial will want to compete directly with Cavani, and with Rashford a fixture out on the left, usually, this should be the case.

But on this one occasion, Martial should be prepared to make the switch, so United can play all three of Cavani, Greenwood, and himself.

Dependent on formation

This is an exciting three man strike force, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may prefer a safer 3-4-1-2.

Leipzig are a dangerous team attacking from full-back, and this could create problems for United similar to Tottenham, with two attack minded players out wide.

Martial has not played out on the left for over a year. Can he be trusted to track back?

United may then prefer a two-man strikeforce of Cavani and Martial together – but if there is a desire to get Greenwood in too, Martial will likely have to sacrifice.

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