Manchester United look to kick 2020 off the right way with an away win against Arsenal on New Year’s Day.
We come into the game off the back of a 2-0 away win over Burnley, while Arsenal lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea.
This is a big game for United to put more distance between ourselves and the Gunners, who are currently seven points behind us.
Picking a team is not straightforward as there are four difficult dilemmas for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to work through.
Brandon Williams or Luke Shaw
Youth or experience? Picking Brandon Williams would be a popular decision among fans after his impressive performance against Burnley.
Shaw did well in the Manchester derby and his experience in big matches counts in his favour.
But it is Williams’ fearless nature which makes him so good, and is worth United persisting with.
He gives an attacking element which Shaw does not, and his last two starts against AZ Alkmaar and Burnley have provided clean sheets.
Dan James or Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood’s goalscoring threat could help United win the game against Arsenal’s weak defence.
He is already on eight goals for the season and will have a great chance to add to it.
Dan James is the alternative, and while he has not scored since August, he has six assists for the season and could be crucial to exposing Arsenal on the counter attack.
A decision could depend on whether James is dealing with any knocks after the rough treatment he suffered at Burnley.
Jesse Lingard or Andreas Pereira or Paul Pogba
United’s attacking midfield position has been like passing the hot potato all season and there is a decision to be made here once again.
Andreas Pereira has started the last two and has assists in both. He will be looking for a third successive start – on his birthday no less.
Jesse Lingard was poor in his last start against Watford but he has been a real thorn in Arsenal’s side in recent meetings. A return to The Emirates could jolt him back into life.
Paul Pogba is more of a wildcard pick in this role, and it is one which may work out. He is fresh after missing the game against Burnley; Solskjaer may have been saving him for this one.
Paul Pogba or Nemanja Matic
Attacking midfield is not the only role Pogba could play in. He could be asked to partner Fred with Scott McTominay expected to miss out through injury.
The alternative is Nemanja Matic, who was really impressive against Burnley.
He would offer United more defensive discipline than Pogba, and United will be tempted to stick with him alongside Fred.
It should be noted though that Matic and Fred were the starters when United lost to Arsenal back in March.
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