Manchester United could field a new-look line-up next week when the Premier League returns and the Champions League begins.
Life is never simple at Manchester United. Manager Erik ten Hag is discovering this already, with his second season just beginning.
When club football resumes, Ten Hag will find his options on the right wing have changed, due to the situation surrounding Antony, which led to United confirming the winger has taken a leave of absence.
Ten Hag also has a handful of new signings to consider for selection, following some last minute business on transfer deadline day.
Manchester United best available line-up
Manchester United’s best available line-up is currently without Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw, who both still face a few weeks on the sidelines.
This limits the options in defence, with Manchester United’s best available goalkeeper and back four, the same which started against Arsenal.
This features Andre Onana in goal, with Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof in central defence. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot are still United’s two best options at the full-back positions, with Sergio Reguilon just a back-up.
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In midfield, Manchester United will shortly be able to start new signing Sofyan Amrabat alongside Casemiro. The Moroccan must pass fitness tests after pulling out of the international matches as a precaution.
Then comes the dilemma over Antony. While Facundo Pellistri is an option, Bruno Fernandes is more tried and tested, and has played the position in the past. It’s a safer option when you go away to Bayern.
This also creates a space at the attacking midfield position for Christian Eriksen, where Mason Mount could also slot in when fit.
Marcus Rashford on the left and Rasmus Hojlund through the centre would complete the line-up, while Alejandro Garnacho is another alternative. Jadon Sancho remains a question mark.
Further injury returns
Another player who is not too far off, is young midfielder Kobbie Mainoo. The teenager has been out since pre-season, when he picked up a knee injury.