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Manchester United team news: Nemanja Matic should replace Scott McTominay

Manchester United team news: Nemanja Matic should replace Scott McTominay - Manchester United

Manchester United’s season has really come to life since the last international break, losing just one of their last seven games.

That run of results includes being the only Premier League side to take points off Liverpool and ensuring qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still only seventh, but he appears to have found a much better balance to his attack with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford linking up well in recent weeks.

Since returning to the starting side away at Partizan Belgrade, Martial has scored three and assisted two in five games.

His strike partner is in even better form, though; Rashford has seven direct goal contributions in his last nine starts for United, as well as scoring in each of his last three England outings.

So how will they line-up?

The front four looks likely to stay the same given their impacts this season. Rashford, Martial and new signing Daniel James have looked lethal as an attacking trio, while Andreas Pereira has had some of his best games for United of late against Norwich and Brighton, scoring against the latter and seeing his performance praised online by sections of the support against the former.

In defence, things get a little more tricky. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are the established pair, so as long as they come back unscathed from international duty, they’ll be at the heart of the defence. Aaron Wan-Bissaka didn’t go on international duty so will be rested and ready to go, but left-back is where there is a dilemma for Solskjaer. Youngster Brandon Williams has been impressive since breaking into the team, but Ashley Young’s experience may prove important in a tough away fixture, despite Luke Shaw’s return to training.

The centre of midfield is where United have real problems. With Pogba not back until December and Matic not kicking a ball since early October, they’re thin on the ground to replace the injured Scott McTominay. Indeed, the Serbian is understood to have returned to training and can provide a defensive base, though trials the Scotsman in terms of tackles and interceptions per game via WhoScored this season.

Still, he looks like the only real option to line up alongside Fred in the engine room, especially with the Blades being so strong at home.

How would you line up? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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