Predicted Manchester United XI v Bournemouth: Best and worst case scenarios

Manchester United are dealing with injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s fixture with Bournemouth.

This is our first Saturday game since the home win over Leicester at the start of September, and United are counting the cost of the midweek win over Chelsea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his press conference that Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf are all dealing with injuries.

He told the club’s official website: “It’s still early. Hopefully, we can get them back on the pitch tomorrow.

“They had some treatment yesterday, a little more today, a light session & hopefully, they’re ready. I can’t tell you exactly now.”

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Defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw remain sidelined, along with Diogo Dalot, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

In terms of predicting how United might line up for the fixture, we have explored United’s options with two potential XIs, a best case and worst case scenario.

Best case scenario

Hopefully Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf will all be passed fit.

If they are, then United’s line-up will be pretty simple to project, following the blueprint set out in recent Premier League games against Liverpool and Norwich.

The big decision comes at left-back, and whether Brandon Williams will replace Ashley Young. It’s about time he got his first Premier League start.

Reverting to 4-2-3-1 rather than three in central defence makes it easier to fit Dan James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all into the team.

Worst case scenario

United being without Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf in central defence would leave us stretched, especially with Axel Tuanzebe out. Any away trip without our three best centre-backs will be tricky.

Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo will be needed to fill in, but instead of relying on them as a centre-back pairing, United should draft Aaron Wan-Bissaka into a back three to improve defensive strength. Ashley Young would fill in at right wing-back.

In midfield and attack it would be relatively straightforward with Dan James and Anthony Martial both playing up front. This would be the best way to mitigate the effects of Rashford’s absence.

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