After a disappointing performance against Crystal Palace last Saturday, Paul Pogba’s starting spot is not guaranteed.

The World Cup winner was substituted after an hour, having looked off the pace and misplacing passes.

He was rested in midweek and now faces increased competition for his place against Brighton this weekend, from three different players.

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The new signing

Donny van de Beek replaced Pogba against Palace and scored a goal with his only shot.

The Dutchman then impressed in midweek against Luton, playing 79 minutes against Luton in a more attacking role.

Van de Beek has shown he has the fitness, although Solskjaer will hope he is not now overstretched, with Pogba potentially fresher after missing the midweek game.

Already though, Van de Beek has shown he is a player who United can trust.

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The man with momentum

Fred partnered Nemanja Matic in midweek against Luton and did a good job in midfield.


With Matic a likely certain starter in this game, Solskjaer has the option to simply stay put and repeat this partnership to give the team some consistency.

Fred showed last season that his fitness is second to none, and that he actually gets better with more rhythm and regular football. There is a good case to pick him in this game.

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The outside shot

Scott McTominay is an outsider to displace Pogba, but he will be pushing in training to win Solskjaer over.

McTominay’s limitations were shown up in a defensive role last week, but alongside Nemanja Matic, he has more license to get forward and show some of the form he displayed early last season.

While we would be surprised if McTominay was selected over Pogba, it’s an extra option available to Solskjaer if the Frenchman is not deemed to be fit enough.

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