Manchester United are scheduled to host Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night. The Red Devils have to deal with a concerning injury list ahead of the encounter and there could be further disappointment with Paul Pogba considered a major doubt for the forthcoming clash.
There has been no positive injury update for the upcoming game. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are some of the high-profile players out of contention for Monday night while Pogba’s involvement remains uncertain following a swollen ankle sustained during the midweek League Cup tie against Rochdale.
David de Gea is the undisputed choice for the Premier League duties and the Spaniard goalkeeper is expected to return between the sticks ahead of Sergio Romero. In the defence, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may stick with the same combination from the league defeat at West Ham United. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Ashley Young should feature on the right and left side of the backline with Victor Lindelof once more partnering Harry Maguire in the central defence.
In the midfield, Scott McTominay has been the go-to man for Solskjaer and the Scotland international is most likely to take up one of the available positions. Alongside him, Nemanja Matic could get the nod over Fred and Andreas Pereira. The Serbia international was completely rested for the midweek Cup tie and that has given the indication that he is likely to feature predominantly against Unai Emery’s side.
In the attack, Jesse Lingard and Daniel James are pretty much automatic choices for the wider roles with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on the sidelines while Tahith Chong has not impressed sufficiently to get the nod for such a high-profile game. While James has already made a good impression with three goals this term, the focus will surely be on Lingard, who has managed to turn up with standout displays whenever he has faced the Gunners. Lingard has bagged four goals in his past four appearances against them.
For the number 10 role, Juan Mata is likely to get the pick. The Spaniard has been slow with his decision-making as the game has progressed but he is nonetheless United’s best attacking midfield option at the moment with young graduate Angel Gomes ruled out. Upfront, Mason Greenwood is expected to start and the youngster will be aiming for his first Premier League goal after already bagging his maiden strikes in the Europa League and League Cup this month.
Here is how United could line up…