After a testing week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got some much needed respite as Manchester United thrashed Tranmere 6-0 in the FA Cup fourth round yesterday.

Despite concerns about a potential banana skin on a poor surface, United were clinical in booking their place in the fifth round.

There are still questions to be answered as United embark on another big week and we’ve picked out three of the most pressing.

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Is three at the back here to stay?

Solskjaer has now deployed a three-man backline in United’s last two away matches.


He experimented with the system earlier on in the season before it went by the wayside during November and December.

But it allowed Harry Maguire to stride out of defence yesterday and allows for greater defensive solidity as well as playing with a front two.

The quality of yesterday’s opponents should be taken into account before any future tactical decisions are made on the basis of the game, but three at the back is an interesting option for Solskjaer.

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Can Maguire score more?

There won’t have been many United fans who expected new captain Harry Maguire’s first goal for the club to come via a long range effort into the top corner.

But Maguire has missed aerial chances you’d expect him to score at times this season – most recently away at Arsenal – and has finally broken the hoodoo.

It’s not his job to score goals but he is the kind of towering presence who should be expected to chip in with about five per season.

Now the monkey is off his back, the man with the armband should be looking to trouble the scorers more regularly.

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Can Dalot stay fit?

Diogo Dalot is over 18 months into his Manchester United career and he has not been fit for any significant length of time.

He continued his return to action yesterday and offered a reminder of what he can offer.

Dalot is better going forward than Aaron Wan-Bissaka and there might be matches where he is the better option than the Englishman.

He is also another option at left back or on the right wing – Daniel James has looked tired lately – and on the evidence of yesterday, could be a real asset. So long as he stays fit.

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