Manchester United host Arsenal in the final fixture of the Premier League weekend, with an opportunity to move up to as high as fifth position by the end of the evening.
We dropped down to 11th over the weekend and after three points behind five teams, including Tottenham Hotspur in fifth place, and Arsenal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s have been hit by a wealth of injuries over the past couple of weeks, leaving us without the manager’s strongest XI for Monday night’s game.
Here is the team I think we will see facing Arsenal at Old Trafford:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Both of the goalkeeper’s clean sheets this season have come at Old Trafford, in victories over Chelsea and Leicester City. The Spaniard could be busy this evening up against the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe so we could do with David de Gea being back to his best.
Defence: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Ashley Young
Luke Shaw has been ruled out of this evening’s game which means we’re going to see Ashley Young up against Nicolas Pepe. Whilst Arsenal’s club record signing has yet to be involved in a goal so far this season he has shown lots of promise and must fancy his chances up against Young. Harry Maguire will need to help cover for the left-back but will also have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to deal with in the middle. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been more secure at right-back and is starting to look more confident in the final third too.
Midfield: Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic; Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira
Arsenal’s central midfield don’t dominate too many games but we may be in trouble if Dani Ceballos starts. Nemanja Matic continues to look like a shadow of his former self in front of our back four. Anthony Martial is unlikely to return before the international break so we may see Andreas Pereira on the left wing. Daniel James is a good threat down the right wing whilst Jesse Lingard offers a lot more work off the ball and forward runs than Juan Mata would. Paul Pogba is doubtful to feature.
Striker: Mason Greenwood
Marcus Rashford isn’t expected to recover from his injury picked up at West Ham last weekend so 17-year-old Mason Greenwood should make his first Premier League start in this one. He’s been a superstar for us at youth level and already shown in flashes in the Europa League and EFL Cup what he is capable of producing at senior level. Arsenal’s defence is pretty porous which should benefit the teenager.