Manchester United go in search of the club’s first win of 2020 at home to Norwich tomorrow.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men saw off the strugglers 3-1 at Carrow Road earlier this season, missing two penalties in the process.
But Solskjaer has plenty of questions to find answers for if he is to pick up a similar result tomorrow and we’ve picked out three of them.
Does Solskjaer risk Maguire?
The Telegraph reported earlier this week that Harry Maguire was set for a spell on the sidelines with a torn hip and he missed the midweek defeat against Manchester United.
But Solskjaer was quoted by United’s official website ahead of the Norwich clash saying of Maguire: “He’s got a chance of tomorrow so we’ll give him today training and see if he gets through that one because it wasn’t a bad one. We’ll see tomorrow.”
Solskjaer has a decision to make in terms of rushing back the world’s most expensive defender, given Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof are the club’s only fit centre halves right now.
In truth, Solskjaer should exercise caution, giving Maguire proper time to rest and recover, with a game against Liverpool on the horizon next week, but it would not be a surprise if he was rushed back.
Who should replace Lingard?
Solskjaer also confirmed that Jesse Lingard will miss the Canaries clash with illness.
The England international was hooked at half time against City, with Nemanja Matic coming on to replace him.
Solskjaer could choose to make that change tomorrow, given how the Serbian improved United’s play and performed well against Arsenal on New Year’s Day too.
Going to a 4-4-2, with Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial across the front is another option, given 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 variants haven’t been working too well lately.
Solskjaer has not been able to find the right formula or personnel to get creativity from his midfield this season and Lingard’s absence means his pack must be shuffled once again.
Youngster Angel Gomes is an option, while Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira will both be hoping to start the game.
Can Solskjaer solve woes against promoted sides?
As mentioned, United beat Norwich at Carrow Road but have only managed draws from their meetings with the other two sides promoted from the Championship last season – Sheffield United and Aston Villa.
Wolves are the only club promoted in 2017/18 to remain in the top flight and Solskjaer hasn’t beaten them in four attempts – although their spending makes them a different beast.
Solskjaer also failed to beat Cardiff – promoted in second place behind Wolves that year – at home on the final day of last season.
United continue to struggle against the lesser sides, specifically those new to the league. Solskjaer can’t afford another slip up here.
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