6 Key Men Miss Out: Predicted Man Utd XI To Face Arsenal
Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime. Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will pick for the game:
Manchester United get back to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.
Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will pick for the game:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea is certain to keep his place between the sticks this weekend.
Defence: Mourinho has limited options to rotate at the back as Chris Smalling has been ruled out with a broken toe. Antonio Valencia is back in training after making a swift recovery from a broken arm but this game may come too soon for the Ecuadorian international.
Eric Bailly is still recovering from a serious knee injury while Luke Shaw is also a doubt with a leg problem so Mourinho may be forced to go with Matteo Darmian at right-back and Phil Jones alongside Marcos Rojo in the middle of defence. Daley Blind is expected to recover from a knock to start at left-back.
Midfield: Ander Herrera returns from a domestic suspension and he should come straight back in to the starting eleven but Marouane Fellaini is a doubt after pulling out of the Belgian squad with a calf injury last week.
However, I think we’ll see Mourinho turn to the experience of Michael Carrick against the Gunners with the 35-year-old playing alongside Herrera at the base of midfield.
Attack: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended for the game after picking up his fifth booking of the season during the win at Swansea before the international break so Marcus Rashford should lead the line up front.
Wayne Rooney is being tipped for a place on the bench after he was forced to apologise after being caught drinking until 5am after England’s win over Scotland last weekend so Paul Pogba should start in the No.10 role.
Anthony Martial may come in to the attack on the left-wing although Jesse Lingard is also pushing for a start, while Juan Mata should once again start on the right side of the attack.
Here is how we think United will line-up:
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