While the world’s media has been focused on Louis van Gaal’s selection for left back for today’s game against Southampton, the conundrum goes much deeper than that for the Dutchman.
In his press conference on Friday afternoon, van Gaal told the media of his numerous options to fill in at left back, including Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and even Ashley Young.
It’s been the question on every United’s fans mind since Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture to his right leg against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.
But with a number of players back from injury, United’s starting eleven is far from easy to predict.
Firstly the return of club captain Wayne Rooney, following a slight hamstring injury, means that he has to find a place in the team. With Anthony Martial scoring on his debut and looking promising in the Champions League, Rooney could be made to play behind the frenchman.
If van Gaal opts for a deeper role for Rooney, a place for Spaniards Juan Mata or Ander Herrera are at risk.
Then there’s the vast choice that the manager has for the two more traditional central midfielders. Does he stick with age and experience in Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger, or does his give Morgan Schneiderlin a start against his former club?
With Phil Jones back in training, he could be bought in to partner Chris Smalling, which could see make-shift centre-back Daley Blind shifted forward in to his more natural midfield role.
Injuries have hindered Louis van Gaal’s team selections ever since he joined the club, but with Luke Shaw the only certainty not to feature, no one can be certain of their place in the side to face Southampton.
What are your thoughts, does Bastian deserve another start or a rest? Does Rooney replace Martial or slot in behind? And who fills in at left back?