20 November 2019

Manchester United set to unleash a new look midfield after Ole Solskjaer's latest decision


Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given food for thought over the international break.


With the latest batch of international fixtures over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can finally switch his attention to Manchester United's Premier League return this weekend.

Following a two-week break United will be looking to maintain their resurgent run of form when they travel to face surprise package Sheffield United.


The weekend return will be a tricky test for United against one of the strongest defences in the top-flight and is sure to put their creativity to the test.

Marcus Rashford's run of nine goals in his last 10 matches coupled with Anthony Martial's return to form should give United confidence in snatching three points, but the biggest issue could come in creating chances.

Paul Pogba has stepped up his recovery from an ankle injury but is unlikely to be risked, while the extent of Scott McTominay's knock against Brighton is still unclear.
It means the United manager is tasked with a couple of big selection decisions to make when the international break finally comes to an end.

Pogba's December return good for competition


In the worst case scenario United will go into the match without perhaps their two strongest midfield options, but even if both were to be fit Solskjaer would have a problem to solve.


Pogba has featured in just two of United's last 14 games due to an injury he sustained in the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the end of August, but his return would not necessarily warrant an immediate return to the first-team.

McTominay has established himself as the first-choice midfielder at Old Trafford in the Frenchman's absence, with both Andreas Pereira and Fred also boosting their own reputations in recent weeks.


It has posed the argument of what United's best midfield three should be when everyone is fully fit, and in a matter of weeks we should have an answer to that.


The consensus is Pogba will return to the starting line up once he regains full fitness. The 26-year-old has been a key figure under Solskjaer playing a pivotal role in the new formation switch, and dropping him to the bench will only amplify the doubts which surround his future at the club.

Regardless of the wider politics it seems obvious Pogba's inclusion would be for the benefit better of the team, but that leaves just one spot up for grabs.

McTominay seems to be another undroppable under Solskjaer meaning that Pereira, Fred, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic would realistically battle it out for the final starting berth.

Upcoming matches against Astana and Aston Villa will likely tempt the United manager into indulging the same attacking approach which swept aside Norwich and Brighton, but the double header against Tottenham and Man City a week later should reveal which trio he trusts the most.

The weekend trip to Bramall Lane might not only dictate United's mood for the next chunk of the season, but a positive individual performance could earn Fred or Pereira a place in Solskjaer's preferred midfield trio heading into the packed festive schedule.

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