Manchester United’s current injury-crisis is well documented. After decimating Chelsea 4-0 on opening day, the problems have mounted thus leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short-handed.
That begs the question, just where would this Red Devils squad be if they had their best starting XI on the field week-in-week-out? This got me thinking about what our best line-up actually is, so we thought why not take a closer look…
Bear in mind that this is personal choice somewhat. Not everyone is going to agree, which is fine. However, one thing this does highlight is how alarming short United are in some key areas of the field.
I mean, this one is obvious, right? David de Gea has been amongst the best in the business for the last half-decade. Fresh off a new contract, the superstar Spaniard can now concentrate solely on his football and do what he doe best.
I feel like three of the back four picks itself. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was signed over the summer and he’s looked excellent. However, the young Englishman has been hit by the early-season injury bug. The sooner he’s back, the better.
Opposite him is Luke Shaw – another starter who has been sidelined for a prolonged period of time. When fit, the 24-year-old is an adequate starter, but I’m not sure he’s the long-term solution in a side that has title aspirations.
Harry Maguire cost United £80million over the summer and he’s certainly improved our team in the centre-back slot. You’d imagine he’ll only get better as he familiarises himself with his new teammates, but the early signs have been largely promising.
Picking the second centre-back was tough. I’ve opted for Axel Tuanzebe over Victor Lindelof for one key reason; the former is far more composed and cool while the Ice Man often brings a nervousness to the table.
I think we’re all in agreement that the starting job in midfield is now Scott McTominay’s over Nemanja Matic. The 22-year-old has been one of very few positives for Solskjaer this term as the Scot continues to improve with each passing week.
Despite all his flaws, Paul Pogba’s talent cannot be denied. He’s by far and away the most creative player within this team and United tend to play better when he’s fit and healthy. His absence has been sorely missed of late.
Daniel James has been just great, hasn’t he? The Wales international scored some cracking goals in the season’s early-goings, and has remained arguably United’s biggest threat over the last few games, too. He’s a shoe-in to start when fit.
Controversial, I know, but I’ve opted for Jesse Lingard in the #10 position which says more about United’s overall depth in the attacking midfield position. The other options were Juan Mata and Angel Gomes, both were excluded for differing, yet obvious reasons.
It feels to me that Marcus Rashford is a better winger than out-and-out striker. He has the pace and work ethic to bomb down the channel all night while possessing the ability to cut in and use the right-foot or whip in a cross. The Englishman can make an impact off either flank.
Anthony Martial’s clinical nature is exactly why he should lead the line for United when fit. When given a chance, more often than not he’ll hit the back of the net. That’s the major advantage he has over Rashford.