With Jesse Lingard continuing to produce underwhelming performances, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should finally consider unleashing Angel Gomes against Wolves.
The Norwegian opted to recall Lingard against Arsenal at the expense of the inform Andreas Pereira.
It was hoped that playing against the Gunners, Lingard’s most prolific opposition, could prove the catalyst to influencing matches once again.
However, Solskjaer’s decision backfired and Lingard was hooked just shy of the hour mark in place of Pereira who came into the clash off the back of 2 assists in 2 games.
United’s midfield resources are stretched with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba facing extended periods on the side-lines.
Who will Solskjaer pick in midfield?
Nemanja Matic has benefitted from the injuries and has found himself starting the last 2 games alongside Fred.
But with a midweek Manchester Derby cup clash looming, Solskjaer may have to rest the Serbian’s weary legs for the trip to West Midlands. At the age of 31, 3 games in a week is just too much to ask for Matic.
The ever present Fred will have a vital role to play once again and Solskjaer may consider dropping the energetic Pereira back into central midfield alongside his compatriot.
Academy pair Dylan Levitt and James Garner haven’t featured in many matchday squads recently and have been injured, Solskjaer confirmed today. Gomes is fully fit and ready to play.
A start for Gomes at number 10?
Gomes hasn’t featured for the first team since the trip to Kazakhstan in November.
The 19-year-old has only played 9 minutes of Premier League football this season and that was back in September in the disastrous 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.
Throughout the season Solskjaer has given ample chances to Juan Mata, Pereira and Lingard in the attacking midfielder role.
The constant chopping and changing of that position highlights that the performances of the trio have been under par.
In the last two Europa League matches that Gomes started he was deployed out on the left hand side with Lingard and Mata preferred in the number 10 position.
It does seem baffling as to why Solskjaer hasn’t give Gomes any further opportunities in the Premier League.
There is the distraction of his long-term future, his contract expires at the end of June and he is able to negotiate a free summer transfer with foreign clubs.
But there is no denying that Gomes has talent, and in a side that is crying out for more creativity, it seems bizarre that he has been restricted to primarily Premier League 2 appearances when he possesses the vision and guile to unlock defences and conjure up moments of brilliance.
Solskjaer should place his trust in Gomes for the clash against Wolves and give him the chance to show what he can do in his best position.
It could be a decision that pays off and convinces Gomes to commit his future to United and sign a new long-term contract.
We could be entering last chance saloon time in United’s attempts to convince Gomes Old Trafford is the best place for him to continue his footballing development.
Solskjaer got his team selection wrong against Arsenal, he needs to be bolder and ruthless against Wolves. Starting Gomes ahead of a worryingly out-of-form Lingard would be a very popular decision amongst United fans.
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