Chance for change: Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Alex Telles have to start v Watford
Manchester United return to action this weekend against Watford looking to get back into form.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting for his job, and he ought to consider changing his team around.
The Telegraph report squad players are unhappy with a lack of playing time, and this weekend provides a perfect opportunity to bring three of them back into the fold.
Each of the following three players have not yet made a Premier League start this season, and it’s time to change that.
The case for Alex Telles
Luke Shaw missed two England matches due to a concussion sustained against Manchester City.
While precautionary, there should be no need for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rush Shaw back, like he did against Everton.
Alex Telles has not started a game since his volleyed goal against Villarreal.
While Watford’s wingers will pose a threat, Telles himself can provide an attacking outlet at the other end.
The case for Donny van de Beek
An opportunity could be opening up for Donny van de Beek to finally start a Premier League game.
Scott McTominay missed Scotland’s international games due to illness, and like Shaw, there should be no reason to rush him back.
Fred has also been away in South America on international duty, while Van de Beek has been resting along with Nemanja Matic.
Van de Beek came off the bench in United’s last two games, and Solskjaer needs to start giving him real opportunities. This weekend is a great time to start.
The case for Jesse Lingard
This one is less clear cut than the cases for Telles and Van de Beek, which are enhanced by injuries.
But a difficult international break for Bruno Fernandes, with Portugal failing to qualify as group winners for the World Cup, should see United look to give him a little extra time out.
Jesse Lingard by comparison is fresh and will be desperate to get out on the pitch to show what he can do for United, after being left out of the internationals altogether.
Having been patient, this is the right time for United to bring Lingard into the first team and let him show that his lack of game time has been an error.
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