Two predicted Manchester United XIs to face Arsenal with and without Paul Pogba
Manchester United head into Monday’s clash with Arsenal with injuries affecting preparations.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club website that Paul Pogba is questionable due to a swollen ankle suffered against Rochdale in midweek.
Anthony Martial is frustratingly still considered doubtful. There is brighter news regarding Luke Shaw, who has returned to training and hopes to make his return from injury against the Gunners.
Taking all of this into account, we have two predicted line-ups for Monday’s game, one with Paul Pogba and one without.
We are being optimistic that Shaw is passed fit for Monday and is selected to start the fixture.
Mason Greenwood will lead United’s attack up front, with Fred and Scott McTominay starting in midfield. It is possible Nemanja Matic gets the call rather than the Brazilian.
It is getting tiring seeing Andreas Pereira struggle out on the right wing. Instead Solskjaer may go for the experience of Juan Mata, who can interchange with Jesse Lingard in the centre.
Up front there is no debate, Mason Greenwood is the starter, based both on ability, form, and a lack of alternatives.
OK lets be even more positive and say Paul Pogba does play. How might he fit in?
The obvious call is for him to play in an attacking role, potentially forming United’s best midfield trio.
This would mean one of Mata and Lingard would have to go, probably the Spaniard.
Lingard has been poor recently but has a strong record against Arsenal, and United do not have many other options.
Other big decisions
There is a potentially huge decision United could make in central defence.
It would be to select impressive youngster Axel Tuanzebe, in place of Victor Lindelöf.
Tuanzebe’s pace could be useful up against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Arsenal’s attack.
The danger would be testing an as yet untried partnership of Tuanzebe and Maguire in such a big game.
The aforementioned Matic vs Fred call is United’s biggest midfield decision regardless of Pogba’s fitness, but after the Serbian’s poor display against West Ham, he should probably stay on the bench.
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