Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be forced to show his faith in youth against Arsenal after seeing several first-team stars ruled out of the crunch Premier League clash with injury.
With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both struggling for fitness while midfielder Paul Pogba is carrying an ankle problem, United’s options are again stretched ahead of Monday night’s Premier League match against Arsenal.
Teenager Mason Greenwood could be handed another chance to impress. After scoring in the Europa League win over Astana, the 17-year-old found the net in the Carabao Cup against Rochdale.
Defender Axel Tuanzebe, 21, captained the side in Wednesday night’s penalty shoot-out win while Brandon Williams, 19, came on to make a first-team debut.
While it remains to be seen if Tuanzebe or Williams will start against the Gunners, Greenwood is expected to lead the line for Solskjaer’s struggling United side.
The young striker will replace the injured Marcus Rashford while Solskjaer is also expected to hand Jesse Lingard a start in place of Andreas Pereira.
Other than those two changes, the Red Devils boss is expected to stick with the line-up who suffered an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at West Ham last weekend.
United have made an indifferent start to the campaign with only two wins from their opening six Premier League fixtures ahead of the visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday.
In fact, the Red Devils have won only five of the 17 matches played since Solskjaer was given the managerial job on a full-time basis in March.
Despite the lack of key personnel through injury impacting on consistent results, Solskjaer feels overall there is a positive outlook ahead.
“In my own words? For me, it’s a team improving, evolving. I think it’s a young team, the culture is there,” the former United striker said.
“I see them every single day in training and we don’t have any issues with attitude, work rate or desire. Now it’s (a question of) can we trust ourselves? Can we find that composure?
“You could see against Astana and Rochdale, the boys want to impress, they want to do well and maybe they rushed a finish at times. It’s getting there.”
Man Utd predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Matic; Lingard, Mata, James; Greenwood