Three Manchester United players most likely to be dropped for next fixture v Omonia
Manchester United’s defeat to Manchester City will have accelerated the need to rotate the team this upcoming week against Omonia.
The 6-3 loss will give Erik ten Hag extra reason to break up the team which has won the past four Premier League games before Sunday.
We have picked out the three most likely selection changes Ten Hag could make this Thursday. It is likely there will be more than this, and we aren’t counting Raphael Varane’s potential injury-enforced absence, which could see Victor Lindelof replace him.
Jadon Sancho out and Anthony Elanga/Alejandro Garnacho in
Jadon Sancho will have wanted to make a big impression against his former club on Sunday. It did not work out.
The winger was particularly poor as United were swept away by City, failing to make any positive impression on the game.
Sancho should be on the bench on Thursday, with either Anthony Elanga or Alejandro Garnacho given an opportunity to stake their claims.
Both players would add a more direct, pacy approach to United’s play than Sancho is likely to provide.
Christian Eriksen out and Fred/Zidane Iqbal in
Christian Eriksen has started every single game for Manchester United and Denmark during this season so far. And this needs to change.
Against City this seemed to catch up with him, and United need to give him a breather on Thursday night.
Fred is his most likely replacement, but don’t rule out an appearance for young talent Zidane Iqbal, who has been a constant presence in Erik ten Hag’s first team training sessions.
Tyrell Malacia out and Luke Shaw in
Tyrell Malacia came into the Manchester United side because he earned it. But his performance against City was disappointing, and it’s time to make way for Luke Shaw to cast his audition.
The left-back position will remain under review for next weekend’s game against Everton. At the least, Malacia will get a rest for this fixture, while Shaw could get a chance to stake a claim for that fixture too.
He was praised by Erik ten Hag ahead of the City game, and it seems very likely he will get a chance against Omonia.
Also under consideration:
Casemiro for Scott McTominay is one possible change, however, United may be eyeing a start for the Brazilian at Everton, which could make him less likely to start against Omonia.
Anthony Martial could replace Marcus Rashford, but likewise, this may be influenced by whether Ten Hag wishes to save him for the Everton game.