Club football is back. Finally. Manchester United restart with a very a big game against Leicester City this weekend.
The Saturday 3pm kick off at Old Trafford sees United looking for a first victory since the opening day of the season.
Leicester sit in third place, currently three points ahead of United. This already looks like a pivotal fixture.
United head into the game with injury worries over key players.
Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw both missed the draw against Southampton. Martial is expected to be fit, Premier Injuries report.
Jesse Lingard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both pulled out of England duty with illness and injury, but are expected to return, as is Paul Pogba, who did not feature for France.
United have a few key decisions to make as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to find his best team.
- Centre-back: Is this time to bring in a fresh Axel Tuanzebe over Victor Lindelöf? The Swede’s form has dipped and he has not had a great international break either, criticising his own performance for Sweden against Norway.
- Right wing and attacking midfield: United just do not have a clear answer at either of these positions. Andreas Pereira did not work out on the right wing against Southampton. It is not very inspiring at all, but we anticipate Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard getting the nod, with Dan James starting on the left.
- Striker: Solskjaer could have to go with a straight selection between Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Given Martial’s recent injury, the Frenchman could start on the bench.
Is this team good enough?
This is a big question. There is a strong case that Leicester’s XI, man for man, is on par with United’s, and that’s worrying.
There is a case for some fresh legs, like Tuanzebe, coming in to kickstart United.
United need to have an attacking bench, with Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong each having cases to feature.
It will also be a test to see if Fred has made any progress behind the scenes over the international break, to make his first matchday squad of the season.
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